More about Dyeing Silk

November 22, 2015


A flowering gum tree growing in our garden produces absolutely huge leaves& beautiful flowers.

Fortunately the windfalls leaves produce wonderful prints on silk and paper.

More experimenting combining natural dyes with my more traditional pigments, has produced some delightful results.

Here’s one example on a silk scarfe for you to enjoy;  also photos taken recently when visiting lovely Melbourne.

Melbourne’s street art is amazing.



November 15, 2015

Small time dyeing lately due to other diversions but …. playing with a mixture of pigments eventuated into what I call my stop & go scarves.  

This one has tones of bark and red sap – very lovely.  

Botanical dyed silk scarf.

Botanical dyed silk scarf.

One below shows a Shibori technique displaying sea-blues and leaf-greens with just a touch of earthy shades coming through.


A good yarn!

November 6, 2015
Hand-dyed cotton yarn

Hand-dyed cotton yarn

A few bundles of white cotton yarn were hand-dyed using Procion MX dyes.

Starting with using straight colours was followed by mixing different colour combinations to create earthy tones.  Using a size 13 Chenille needle, these thick yarns will be easily stitched into projects.

Perhaps these yarns will be incorporated into the Secret Santa gift that I will make for a group I belong to, the “Daughters on Dowling”.  A very creative group who share a love of embroidery, traditional and contemporary.

Hand dyed silk incorporating a botanical approach.

November 3, 2015


Experimenting with dyes and resist whilst incorporating windblown leaves produced this silk scarf.  

Springtime Botanical Dyeing – a few samples of playtime with friends.

October 27, 2015


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Home at work!

October 10, 2015


Here is my wet workspace, situated under our house.

Its large functional space has good light and air, is adjacent to a clothes line and garden.   Home again after attending the workshop by Els Van Baarle you can see from these pics where I have started to repeat some of the exercises.

This is just a start of an attractive adventure using wax dyes & print.

This sample is on cotton overlaid with silk organza, which gives a subtle effect.  More work to be done to produce a satisfying outcome….it needs some thinking time!

Workshop by Els Van Baarle

October 5, 2015

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Three days workshop under the tutorship of Els Van Baarle, textile artist from the Netherlands was absolute magic.  Working on paper and fabric, we applied many layers of dye, wax, print to create complexity of design.  Drizzling rain did little to dampen our efforts.

The process of application was patiently demonstrated by Els, then we were free to apply the techniques using our own style of design & ideas.  The solid foundation of technique was achieved over the three days, and our class enjoyed playing with ideas.  Here are some of my efforts, some which were completed once home again.

More to come!



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