The coverall apron India Flint showed us how to make has been dyed with various eucalypts and the same liquid we used at the beginning of April. I did manage to stop myself from unwrapping too soon and have some good colour on the linen. My friend Carly Voigt called in to the gallery today and I roped her into modelling it. Carly is so much more photogenic than I am.
During India Flint’s workshop here India showed us how to turn an old shirt into a very clever coverall apron. The instructions are in her book Second Skin (which is such good reading). I used an old linen shirt – one of the sleeves has become a pocket – so handy for all the bits and pieces you need to hand in the studio. There was a wealth of bits of string, cotton, wool and bits of fabric left after the workshop that no one has claimed so I have been busy stitching them onto my apron. I decided that enough was enough when I ran out of the abandoned threads – you could go on stitching forever! I have just bundled it up and it is in the dye pot right now – I am going to try and be patient and leave it a while, but I may not be able to resist opening it in the next couple of days. This apron will serve as a memory of 3 wonderful days spent in the company of some really nice ladies.
Life is a little quieter now after that burst of workshop energy. I must confess to have been extremely tired after India Flint’s workshop here but of course managed a little energy burst to put a few bits of fabric in the dyepot leftover from the workshop. Two scarf lengths are particularly attractive to me and it has taken a great strength of will to put labels and prices on them!
Wool loves eco dyes and generally leaves used in the dyeing process make some lovely prints. This really cute up cycled pure wool cardigan has come up really nicely. I have just finished stitching some love onto the front right hand side of the cardie – silk patches stitched with silk thread. I think I may have to rush into town when the gallery closes and purchase some nicer buttons. What do you think?
These two tops came out of the dyepot from the last post – I am rather pleased with the results – I just wish I was small enough to fit into them!