Things have been a tad quiet here on the blog the last couple of weeks. This end of each year tends to be really busy and I haven’t yet worked out how to even things out and plan ahead so I am not quite so frantic about getting everything done! I have booked a stall at the Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School Fete which is on tomorrow – this will be the first time Folios and Fibre has been there – I’m told it’s very busy. So I have been busy dyeing like mad. Here are a few of the things I will be taking there.
Looking for a few different colours in my eco dyeing practice I had a lovely little play last week based on a hint from India Flint when she was here.
This gorgeous silk crepe de chine scarf was eco printed with strawberry hulls and leaves – what do you think of it?
Last year I experimented with autumn leaves from my neighbours deciduous trees on merino garments and got some fabulous results. This year I was inEurope during our Australian autumn and missed the array of beautiful leaves particular to that time of the year.
So here is a little collection of one off, beautifully soft and comfortable to wear merino wool garments. They are ideal for layering and also that period where the weather really can’t make up it’s mind whether it’s cool, cold or warm!
I had not fired up the dyepot since May and quite a lot of eco dyed scarves have gone to other homes lately, so I took advantage of a day with not a lot of wind to cook up some eco dyed bundles.
I was thrilled with the merino wool sleeveless top that came out with some really clear prints, and before I had a chance to take a photo – it was sold. I will have to try and find time to dye again next week – I am sure nature will reveal some more awesome prints but can guarantee they won’t be the same as this week!
This is a detail of my favourite scarf from this dye batch.
You may have heard of the idea of slow food – the idea of eating food that has been grown locally and is in season – something that has not travelled halfway around the country or the world before it gets to you. Take that idea a little further into cloth and clothing, this is what my friend Marina from http://handmadeandmarina.wordpress.com has been doing recently. Marina has sourced Merino fleece from sheep living in Burekup – a small town near Bunbury – and has spun that fleece into yarn, then woven it on her backstrap loom into fabric.
I am lucky enough to have some of that fabric at Folios and Fibre – beautiful hand woven scarves, natural in colour, one with lanolin still in it – the other has been washed a little more and is beautifully soft. Something really special for a gift, or treat yourself to one to keep the cold at bay on these chilly mornings. These are one of a kind – take a long time from fleece to fabric – I feel very fortunate to have them in the gallery.
I have been having great fun creating this collar/shawlette from a huge variety of fancy and plain yarns. I have been playing with this technique for a number of years and have created enough scrumbles for a jacket for myself – I just need to find time to put them together! I thought it would be quicker and fun to put this together for the gallery. It sits really nicely around the neck and is comfortable to wear. I have to acknowledge Prudence Mapstone of Knot Just Knitting who travels tirelessly teaching and promoting this fun method of creating garments. She has published some excellent how to books on the techniques too.
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.