If you can't find me on my blog I will either be at work or over the dye pot, seriously! Eco-dyeing is the way to spend your creativity in more ways than one. I walk, work and sleep thinking about it. If I have bundles to be open I would handle them, stroke them and when I can't stand it any longer I open them. Open one, two, three and before I could stop myself I opened them all in one go!
I have acquired more dyeing techniques from the workshop at Naturally Dyed. I also discovered more eucalyptus trees that grow right in my campus. When I take a daily walk now I bring a tote-bag along and gradually filling it up by the time I get back to my office. My supervisor told me one day that I should clean out my bag, the plants are starting to grow from it! He was right! Lots of samples to show you here, so enjoy...!
Some bundles after being stewed in purple carrot dyedbath. I'm still not sure if I like the stewing method or steaming method of eco-dyeing! It's good to have that choice though.
The results from three pieces of silk stewed in purple carrot dyed bath. The middle piece was wrapped over a copper spoon. The dark patches caused by rusty nails.
I threw in a ball of pearl cotton. The left one was from eucalyptus dyed bath and the right one dyed in purple carrot dyed bath. Perfect colours to use on eco-dyed cloths.
Do you recognise these leaves? They are rose leaves. Rose leaves are perfect for dyeing. I mordanted the silk with alum and wrapped the leaves very tightly. Great results. I am happy with it, yeah!
Stitches over eucalyptus leaf. This cloth is a scarf I made for one of my friends who has not yet taken up eco-dyeing.
Another leaf on the same cloth in the above photo. I have been enjoying the stitching process this last week. Forgot to mention, I used the eco-dyed threads for stitching.
another leaf in the same cloth. Not sure what the leaf is!
And here is the actual cloth that I'm making it into scarf. I didn't stitch over every leaf. I thought I would leave some without stitching to enjoy the imprints.
Eco-dyeing on a cotton blouse. Eucalyptus leaves with rusty nails and wrapped over metal rod. A good result I think!
Silk with purple carrot and some eucalyptus leaves. This one was stewed in eucalyptus dyed bath.
The whole piece of silk with rose leaves. Did you notice the burn mark in the middle? It is caused by too much steaming for too long!
This last piece was dyed with juvenile eucalyptus leaves and flowers. This is only a small section of it. I'm really happy with this piece. I already have more leaves for my next batch. I have ran out of silk for dyeing. Another trip to Ziguzagu is calling.
Talking about everything Japanese. It is only 8 weeks before the Japanese Textile Study Tour is taking place. I will be posting photos on Facebook (it's public so you don't have to have Facebook account to view them) during the tour and I will blog about it after I get back.