Sunday, November 28, 2010

Friday, November 19, 2010

RE: found, stitched and dyed, a whirled-wide sewing circle for gatherers, menders, dyers and dreamers

I am happy to be the contact/collator/gatherer/meeting point, in the Central North West of Victoria, leave me a message here and we will work something out

any ideas, anything to get us started here, please let me know....................

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Thought for my day.........

all the bits and pieces are drying between see through curtains, so they do not blow away, what a sad sight, but yes, I do see the stitching comming up (for the next 10 years I think), the pieces are quiet quirky............ got to be able to get some use for them.


Just a thought, as I realy want to paint but get sidetracked between work in textiles, magic eco-printing and having lost weight, taking all my clothes in, if possible.............

About time I get to retire and have "leisure" time to work on all that I "need"/want to do.........

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Disaster struck ..........

here I go, especially left the latest batch of bundles settle for 24hrs, like a good girl.............
what did I get when I unpack: DISASTER that disintergrated in my hands!
You see, I read on India's blog about the magic printing in what might be lime water, and what does silly me do?

I make up saturated limewater und use this in my very special bundles:
  • 3 scarves of 1.7 m x 40 cm & 1 finished fringes scarve of silk/rayon velvet plus a big piece of the above
  • big piece of dupion silk
  • and other bits and pieces
  • some wool, the thicker one survived undamaged, the thinner one disintegrated too.......
Even made photos without the disc in the camera, caught up, so and here it's visually:

more when I feel better.................

Ok, I can see lots of stitching, stitching, stitching.......... with all this little frazzled pieces, that is if I can stabilise the fabric............

Monday, November 15, 2010

This is it: Silk/rayon velvet magic!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks India, I would never have thought this works

Take one Slowcooker, some silk/rayon velvet fabric, add (maybe artfully, if the wind allowes)
  • Eucalyptus cinerea (?) leaves
  • Prunus cerasifera - Cherry plum street tree, leaves and berries
  • Purple sage leaves                               and a few rusty chains
fold & wrap around a brass rod tightly (I am not very good at that)
and this is the outcome:
Make sure you click on it to enlarge it for full effect

The writting on the photo is not very clear, so here are the basics:
  • Eucalyptus cinerea (?) leaves = mark are rusty red
  • Prunus cerasifera - Cherry plum street tree, leaves and berries = mark as various greens
  • Purple sage leaves = mark a lovely supptle green with recognisable sage leave markings
  • chains turn into various brownish to blackish tones
Hope this helps...........

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

it looks much nicer then in the photos, the colour shading is incredible....................

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Workshop in Switzerland with India, 10th, 11th & 12th May 2011

fieldwork with India Flint

May 10,11,12 at Bussy sur Moudon, Switzerland

In our ‘fieldwork’ we will colour cloth using very simple ingredients; leaves, water and heat. We will work with bio-regional dye sources, windfall bundle dyeing techniques and gentle meditative stitching during this three-day workshop on a farm 30km north of Lausanne, Switzerland. Together we shall take windfall-leaf collecting walks to create beautiful dye samplers, gradually piecing them together to construct the foundation of an exquisite textile piece that can be taken on further wanderings to be completed at your leisure. Though no adjunct mordants will be used in this class, there will be opportunity to discuss the potential effects of scrap metals, different waters and other easily sourced ingredients on dye outcomes.

Workshop languages

India is fluent in English and German and has some [but not brilliant] French. We will do our best!

To reserve a place in this workshop please contact Janet Crowe at

It may be possible to organize accommodation and meals for participants, please contact Janet if you need assistance with such things….......


This is from the flyer Janet sent me, and I can attest to her helpfullness, as I will be on holidays there from Australia I could not do everything I wanted from here...................
Hope to see lots of you

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Phee........ the wind kept re-arranging my leaves.....................

Oh! forgot! the dark green I get with the bundling:
I think it is made by the Soursob (oxalis), I bunch in on top and bottom of the aluminium pot, with copper and iron pieces...
Most importantly it seems to develop, by being left to cool/settle about 12 to 24 hrs.................