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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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.

 

workshop @ beechmont

We had a great  day @ Beechmont on Sunday the weather was kind and Bertha boiled up some wonderful cloth and paper.

The group was diverse which is always a joy as everyone was happy to go with their intuition, and let their creative juices flow. The seed has been sown for a two to three day workshop for a bit more extension on what has already been learned so I will keep you posted on the details.

Then this morning a dash to Mt Cootha Botanic Gardens to deliver stock for this weeks Botanique Bazaar @ the Richard Randell Studio from Teusday15/07/14 to Sunday 20/17/14 and a  big thanks to Bettina Palmer for running this event. While I was there Bettina asked me to supply 3 outfits for the Fashion Parade’s at the Brisbane Ekka ( Queensland’s  largest agricultural show / fair )