This material is one of my first loves and when i started using eucalyptus in my practice the two made the best ever combination.
Recycle …..Renew ….. Sustainable
The wool used here will be made into cushions and table runners, but in the past clothing as well.
wool on the bottom with silk on top
mirror image by laying silk on top of the wool before rolling up
the magic pot
I have bravely entered our regional (Queensland ) art awards. The Cushion that I entered has evolved as does a lot of my work…. and while I am stitching away, the pieces remind me of our rivers, fires and renewal…… here is a snap shot
The theme of this years award is “vital signs” so here it is at the Flying Arts Website my last name begins with T so I am at the bottom of the page “Elements of a New Beginning ”
Blue its every where I look …… some how I seemed to have missed the indigo train.
But I have played with some paper ….
It is not indigo but a wash of hibiscus tea that starts out pink
a little stitching and I still dream of blue ….
An early start to a big day out and I could not do it without the rest of the family, a trailer to pack and unload, canopy to erect and stock to display but it is worth it. The day Arts in the Olives is set in a valley named The Lost World. This year they had 2000 people through the gate and we were busy bees all day.
more on the rack
tools of the trade
and a thanks to the photos by Sandra from Mudbrick Cottage Herb Farm
I took a linen shirt with me on our camp trip it got a stitching tune up, I played with sea water and soy milk mordant. I am pleased with the result…. it has not been rinsed yet, but I did get a press along with the linen/cotton napkins that got the treatment too.
Loads of fun bundling , sharing , laughter and learning. My big pot got the work out of its life these girls were unstoppable and keen to challenge themselves and at times even my abstract mind !
A big thank you to Jacki at ATASDA for inviting me to tutor, I left yesterday with a gift of a piece of copper that I will cherish for years to come thank you Elaine.
Thank you one and all catch up again soon :)
communal un bundling
my new piece of copper
Jacki’s journel cover
a bit of stiching by Lyn
Gayles hany work
I have a stash of men’s shirts in all sorts of shapes, sizes and fabrics. I have taken the scissor challenge and chopped into them aka India Flints book Second Skin. India did show us at the last workshop I did in Stamford Valley. Alas the style is not for me I have too much bust for it to suit, that does not stop me trying it out Number One has found a home ( sorry no photos ) Number two is divine a silk shirt of excellent quality, and it is in the dye pot now.I have used some of the leaves from my journey south and some from my own Euc Cinerea tree. While the pot is on I cannot boil one bundle it seems wasteful of time and energy so the rest of the baby cotton / wool vests are in, I have soya milk mordant them to see if I get a shift in the colour take up ?
left the collar on
added to lenghten the back
sleeve becomes a pocket
a bit of extra
My gig at Arts in the Olives is just a week away ….. and just to stretch myself I decided too try the soy ( water and soya beans ) dip for the cotton and linen from Local and Bespoke, I have tried the egg dip but found the egg smell a little over powering. So a couple of cotton and linen numbers all from op shops got their treatment over a couple of days. I have dyed 3 of them and am happy with the results. The leaves have been soaking in rust water which has given off a lovely purple / mauve hue. I have a linen dress that I will dye for me to wear on the day I ran some darts in the back, cut out the lining and put a little silk hand stitching round the neck line. I hope to dye it this weekend as with a hundred other jobs that need doing……..
out ot dry
out to dry
The leaves I bought from home are E cinerea, E curtsii, E citradora and E cladocaly x they are all different shapes which is appealing to me, may be with a bit of age(on the tree) these leaves will give a better result. I have Jean Carman’s book with me so I am reading up on her work, shame the book is not full of tree/leaf photos….. are well cant have it all.
from left Cladocaly x ,Cinerea, Curtsii and Citradora
In my haste to let you all know about the new leaves I found, I forgot that I had used the lichen that had been brewing for some time. I dyed two skeins of wool and the silk gilet that I made, this gilet is shorter than the others and has quiet a bounce to it. I could not resist the urge to bundle it with some leaves ……quandong and some acacia from WA (a friend works at Telfer mine )
jar of lichen and ammmonia
bundle ready to go
only a little pink