Eucalyptus, summer, & silk

March 5, 2017

Embracing the opportunity of summer’s super heat to do some botanical dyeing on silk, and then introducing some extra hues of the rainbow, brought delightful results.

These colours are permanent because I avoid plants that produce fugitive dyes, and the effect brings colours that are so so soft, yet retain the colour of Australia’s bush.


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Approaching the botanical

December 14, 2016

The idea of combining natural colours grown from the botanical world with my purchased dyes applied to show a botanical theme is displayed here.  Three scarves with three different approaches have created a harmony of colour and imagery using pigments of the land and the shop!


Time to print & paint

June 3, 2016

After working on such a large wet-felted piece (see previous post) my body needed more restful activities ….and so did my Roxy!

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So the last few weeks have been devoted to working with printing and painting on pure silk scarves.  Using paints well suited to maintain the soft feel of fabric works best on silk.  My other favourite technique is to mix and apply thickened dye solutions for a more painterly effect.

Have a look at these results.


Experiments with natural dyes

February 4, 2016

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Whilst literature has introduced me to the mysterious craft of dyeing with plant material, it is the experimenting that has brought satisfying results.  Along the way came disappointments …. But then some mind blowing results traversed my way.

These prints on silk are my latest results, using in the main, eucalyptus leaves from my garden;  also walnut leaves(3rd photo) given to me by a friend.

Love to hear your reaction to these.

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

October 27, 2015

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Dyeing fabric using nature’s plant life

September 6, 2015

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More experimentation is occuring at my home in Dungog.

With enthusiasm of two textile-art friends a playday together was satisfying indeed.

Here’s a few samples of the day’s adventure.

Unwrapping the bundle

Unwrapping the bundle

Colours of nature

Colours of nature