Tuesday, February 25, 2020


Day I

For the past 2 February's,
Australian Artist India Flint has offered up the most wonderful online Eco-Dyeing workshops
that I've enrolled myself in. 
Last year it was called A Clearing in the Woods,
and this year 29 Days.
In both I've learned so much about eco-dyeing and slow stitching,
and am now working on both simultaneously.
The one from last year I work on in the evenings as I've been binge-watching
various series on Net-flicks, Hulu and Amazon,
sometimes staying up till 4 in the morning.
My newest favorite is Outlander on Net-ficks.
If you want to give it a try it's a bit hard to get thru the first Episode 
until near the end when is roars to life,
then watch out, you'll be hooked.
I'm a bit of a history buff so it's right up my alley based in 1743 Scotland.
So anyways I digress.
Back to this Feb's workshop.

These following pieces were my first attempts from Day 1
The leaves I used where found in my gutters after a big wind we had and were dried up,
so India taught us how to reconstitute them,
other vegetation plucked from my porch garden.
I felt my results were pretty blah on these two that were bundled together on wool/silk broadcloth,
and wool.
Note: we are not mordanting these pieces yet.

When I opened these next two that were bundled together I was a bit more pleased,
especially with the top one.
These were both on two different types of silks I found.
Note:  I did cheat. 
 The string I used to wrap bundles with had been re-purposed from a tye-dye demo 
I did last year with my students.
That's where the beautiful bright greens are coming from,
but the rest of the color is from my leaf choices.

I enjoyed my results on these next two as well,
both on cotton.
These are picking up a bit of greens and turquoise from the tye-dye string
and you can really tell where the Eucalyptus leaves are along edges.

And in these last two that were bundled together,
 I had no idea there was so much dye left in my bundling string.
I really dislike that patch of dark turquoise.
But I do like how my Boston fern printed along with some other plants from my porch.
These were fresh.
The good news is that I was only supposed to do one set for Day One,
 but I wanted to see how the same plants would work on various silks, wools and cotton fabrics.
So far the silks are winning big time!

Stay tuned for Day 2.


  1. why do one when however many more will do ... right?

    looking forward to following your journey ...