In this post, it's mostly about Leaves Worth Dyeing For! Since the eco-dye workshop a couple of weeks ago. I got all inspired and motivated to try more plentiful Eucalyptus leaves all around me. I was searching and learning names of some of the many Eucalyptus species growing in Australia. In doing so I came across a great and inspiring blog called Local & Bespoke. With my new found knowledge of the native trees I discovered that they are available right around me! So I'm having fun photographing and smelling them.
Naturally in this post I have some new leaves and names to share with you. In the process of searching the web I came across another useful website Green Fingers: Australia Plant Society where I can always visit for more information.
Following on from the last eco-dye workshop. Another date is now set for the next workshop on Sat. 25 July. I also have been thinking of offering a stitching workshop using dyed fabric. I'm working on piecing simple little stitch blocks for my next exhibition in 2016 (maybe!). So I thought I will use the same techniques to teach in this workshop.
|An example of a simple little stitch block|
With the new found leaves all around my neighbourhood I have tested them out. Some mixed results, but the main thing is I'm having a lot of fun doing it!
|Image of Eucalyptus branch on the inside page |
of my new Australian passport.
|Extracting colour from various plants and flowers.|
From top clockwise, Camellia petals, Rose leaves,
Mimosa buds and Ferns.
|Extracting colour from Cedar autumn leaves.|
It gives silk a lovely deep yellow!
|A few more jars of various pods, barks and leaves.|
|Some bundles soaking in a cast-iron pot|
|A tint of blue from one of the above bundles|
|Purple carrot and rose leaves on vintage silk.|
|Eucalyptus Scoparia on Dupion silk|
|Eucalyptus Nicholii on silk/polyester fabric|
Dyeing on paper is a new craze these days. I thought I would try and see how it will turn out! I only used recycled photocopy papers that I had on hand. When I stuffed a bundle I would do the same to papers as well. I steamed the paper in the same way as I did with the bundles. Below are the results I got from paper dyed.
|A sea of papers laying out to dry|
|Outside page with string marks|
|Eucalyptus leaves imprint|
|Rose leaves imprint|
|Another Eucalyptus imprint|
Below are some photos of different plants/leaves I have been taking through the week on my daily walk. Some of you may have seen them on Instagram this last week.
|Winter Oak leaves|
|Eucalyptus Nicholii. A beautiful tree with reachable branches|
(no, I did not break off the branch from the trunk)
|Eucalyptus caesia flowers|
|Rusty tins from a road side, lucky find!|
It's in the middle of winter here Australia, and this weekend it is cold and wet. Good weekend to be indoor and that exactly what I'm doing, but I have something to look forward to. Our DS and his family are arriving this weekend!
I hope your weekend is enjoyable whatever you are up-to.
Until next time.