Mothers Day around the corner

I have been busy making….. sewing and hand stitching garments then a dip in the bundle pot, in readiness  for the annual Arts in the Olives Festival, along with Open Studios and the opening of our new little CO-OP venture in Canungra aptly named Scenic Rim Artisans 

eucalyptus on wool jersey

love those marks

The little shop / co op venture is at  8 Kidston st Canungra QLD 4275

Scenic Rim Artisans

on the clothes rack

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tis the season ……

Greeting of the season …..  a snap shot of my year

Beach finds

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those little stitches just keep coming #wip #bigbang #recycledlinen

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next wip #slowstitch #naturaldye #paper #cloth #indigo #moon

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silky merino, eucalyptus & the trusty copper #bundledye #naturaldye

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natures love letters

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and here’s to a productive, creative and fun filled 2017 xx

joys of purple carrot

While the weather is hot I find it arduous to boil up a big pot. Simplifying things down to jar size has been fun. Purple carrot has become a bit of a star along with Coriopsis flowers.

I have been using up small scraps of material and embroidery thread which is silk and is available on my Etsy Store.

The next few photos show the colour shift and oxidation of the purple carrot from wet to dry then after washing.

 

two more jars filled with goodness #stuffsteepstore #naturaldye #silk #thread #wool

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This is wet and just out of the jar pre boiled and sat outside for not quite a month. I have put one in storage and do plan to leave it for a whole year, silk boxer shorts with eucalyptus and flowers from my Christmas bouquet.

Now to my surprise this is the colour shift a couple of hours latter…..

Then I washed and pressed the pieces cotton, silk velvet, wool jersey that had previously  been bundle dyed and thread silk and wool.

washed, dried and pressed #purplecarrot #naturaldye #silk #wool #cotton #etsy

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my new jacket

A dear friend gifted this probably almost vintage Trent Nathan wool jacket, and boy what a challenge ! I had this gem in my  wardrobe for some time and alas I will need it as I am off to Melbourne and then out to Traralgon for a 3 day workshop with Cas Holmes ( I’m very excited ) The bundle was hard work but worth the arm / hand strain

 

 

a wow leaf

I have discovered this tree at my kids school ( very embarrassing to them )  I have been trying to identify it …. it is an ironbark with petiolate leaf attachment and the leaf is lanceolate in shape. I have not spotted any buds or seed pods so that does make it a little harder. The leaf seems to have a dark spot or speckle to it ( which shows up in the print). The colour is divine almost blood red on some wool and lovely on silk too. Any Ideas my friends … not even sure it is endemic to our region, south east queensland.

 

new work

I have produced some new dress/slips to go into a couple of catwalk events.

I enjoy this immensely letting my inner fashion designer out ….I also have a daughter with a good eye and this helps make the final decisions.