Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I won another give-away, dyeing and Indian embroidery.

I had the most wonderful parcel delivered to me today from an amazing artist called Patty Szymkowicz. I won her giveaway for her 3rd blogging anniversary. I was so excited but l never would have believed what she would "actually" send me! I thought it would just be the card she talked about! This is the beautiful card l though was all l was to receive.
This is the back.

 and then there was even more inside a small plastic bag....a tiny silver bird, a nest of pearl eggs and so much more. Wow...l am such a lucky lady. Thank you so much Pattyx.
 They were wrapped in this gorgeous tissue paper.....
 and even more.......
 These small tickets remind me of the Green Shield stamps we used to have years ago...also no longer around.
 Love these...x
 Just emptied a load of material soaking in natural dyes, so my jars are now washed and sparkling and waiting for my next load of experiments!
 This is a load of steaming bundles l did about 2 weeks ago...trying to see how long l can last before l give in and open them.
 This box of disguarded leaves may give you a clue to what images are coming next!
 Unwrapped and drying! So exciting. Just like Christmas has come early every time l unwrap bundles!

 When they are dry and l have ironed them, l will put the images up here...more than likely tomorrow evening (Tuesday).
This is an embroidery piece l started a while ago, after spending a day with some wonderful Indian women, whose whole village are embroiderers. Each piece they make tells a story. In return, they asked us to create a piece that told a story. I have decided to finish it and when l have l will put it on here and also tell you the story that goes with it..

Friday, November 26, 2010

my dyeing is getting better and l have more colours now!!

I was on a hunt for fungi and leaves for more experiments today......look what l found! It was under a tree on the main walk up to Putney East Tube station, all the ones on The Common have died or have turn black. At least next year l have an idea what will create what colour. Love all this research!

I read the other day that fungi and mushrooms should be cut up, put in a glass jar and have boiling water pored over them. You then leave them from 1 hour to 24 hours and then you will see what colour, if any they will give off. As soon as the water touched the water turned yellow/orange...amazing. They loose their colour if you boil them.
Off to the woods l go eith my ever faithful husband ( bless himx)...l was having so much fun and here are the images, taken by Tony, to prove it!

I was VERY well wrapped up as it was very, very cold!
I found so many but these were just a few of them. I tell you what, individual fungus don't usually weigh much but a lot of them in a normal sized plastic shopping bag weigh a ton!!!!
This next image is of Brackets that were on a fallen Silver Birch tree. They were difficult to cut through or break into pieces because they were so dense.
Yet another kind of fungii.
More fungi cut up and starting to show it's colour.
This fungi has a pinkish tinge to it, l wonder if there will be any pink in the final colour? More wonderful finds follow.

I only found one of these orange fungus, pity but l will know what to look for next year. I was very lucky to find it at all as it was buried deep in a pile of leaves at the base of the tree, where l was looking for interesting coloured leaves for wrapping.

Tony says now he has physical proof l have turned into the witch and wise woman he always tells everyone l am.....see the startr of my "dye" collection and experiments!
Aren' the colours just wonderful....and this is only the start!
Here you can also see my bundles that have been steamed and are waiting( I am trying to be patient!!Honest!!!) to be opened and a few cold-wrapped bundles also waiting their turn to show me their wondeful colour and pattern secrets.  So exciting!
LOVE the colour that is coming from this specium.
Next is an image of bottle tops rusting in salt water!

The liquid in the orange bowl is still an on going experiment with berries. The white bowl has red oinion skins in and l soaked the cotton in it for 4 days.
Here are 3 results of experiments l have just completed. Yellow= turmaric powder. Red = the onion skins you see soaking in the last image. Black = is cotton wrapped round a rusted patterened piece of metal and left in water for 4 days. Need more work but am pleased so far.
The next few images are of wrapped bundles which have been steamed and l have just opened after a few weeks. I am so pleased with these, can't wait to see what the others l have done and are doing, produce. Very addictive this Eco Dyeing..Thanks India!x
First image is on the shiny side of a good quality silk.
Love this one. On silk

This is one is white onion skins of silk.
This is red Maple leaves on silk.
Red leaves, onion skins, rerd flowers on matt side of shiny thick silk.

Dry, brown and yellow leaves, sprayed with vinegar on shiny raw silk.
Silk wrapped round rusted metal and steamed.
Not sure where this piece of yellow came from?

More samples!

This one is cotton cold-wrapped round rust, sprayed with vinegar and left for 6 weeks! It was worth the agonising wait!

All the browns together....
Added a splash of orange...
and we have the start of my first Eco quilt!!!!