My coverall is coloured!

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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.

Turning left overs into memories

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.

Just a little bit more dyeing

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!

Australian Merino Wool Challis scarf eco coloured with E. cinerea, E nicholii and Agonis flexuosa $45

Australian Merino Wool Challis scarf eco coloured with E. cinerea, E nicholii and Agonis flexuosa $45

Silk/Australian Merino Wool voile scarf - eco coloured with eucalypt leaves $45

Silk/Australian Merino Wool voile scarf – eco coloured with eucalypt leaves $45

Wool

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?

Upcycled  pure wool cardigan - eco dyed $50

Upcycled pure wool cardigan – eco dyed $50

This is the back of the cardigan - lovely resist marks from a spray of eucalypt  leaves
This is the back of the cardigan – lovely resist marks from a spray of eucalypt leaves