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

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

smitten by the blues

I have been itching to get “blue”…… indigo blue and at last a simple and affordable introduction to the how to’s. Located in Brisbane at a great workspace aptly named Work-Shop, they have outlets in Melbourne and Sydney too.

“Creative Classes for Curious Minds”

So I got my hands blue and loads of other stuff..thanks to teacher Claudia Husband.

jar magic

I have been stuffing jars with silk thread and tissue silk in the Stuff Steep and Store method albeit with less store than some. I leave them on the balcony rail in the sun where they get visited by one of our cats.

on guard ….. keeping watch over my jars of goodness #solardye #silk #naturaldye

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This afternoon seemed like the right time to open two jars, one was Coreopsis flower with copper pictured third from the left {above}  and the other Montbretia flowers second from the left which are a weed here. Pictured on my new apron that has been made from an opshop (suspect) silk nightshirt, it has two pockets one especially for my trusty secateurs.

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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warm wishes for 2016

as a good bye to 2015 here are some of my endeavours over the past year…

On it's way to #solace at the observatory in south australia #indiaflint #prayerflag #wintersolace

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see i am still dyeing

More lovely colour #naturaldye #garden #

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and sewing

playing with hexagons

found some new endeavours

so happy new year

Yumminess made with love #handmade #loveyourthread #naturaldye

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Good wishes to you all for a creative 2016..

 

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