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July 31, 2010

A few Pictures of Natural Dyeing

Have felt pretty time pressured lately.  Grooming dogs, trying to plant and water the garden, working on finishing the studio and just doing the general errands, laundry, shopping....you know.  I did do some dyeing last weekend...here are some of the results.
These were all done with paj on the back side and then pieces of silk (various weights) and some sheer cottons on the front.  Some pieces were previously dyed with rust and turned dark with various responses from the leaves...especially the eucalyptus.  Below is one of my favorites.  The veins in the tiny leaves....and the silly dog in the corner.
Some had small sections of weaving ... a technique from Jude's cloth to cloth class...that I also like very much. 
One interesting bit I learned....well, two....
First...sometimes the backside is just as yummy as the front...
And the wool takes all the dyes (but especially the eucalyptus) deeper.
I'd really like to do more of these...but tomorrow is Sunday and I promised DH I would do a long ride with him through CT starting down in Mystic and ending almost in Mass.  I'm always torn...leaving the studio with so many ideas swimming around *and* next week will be the Guild Meeting in Vermont.  I can't believe how fast the time flies.  Can it really be 3 months since the last one?  We will be learning tips and techniques on how to blend wool...and I just *happen* to have a small drum carder that I would love to learn more about.  
Now I'm off to make an art card of nuno to trade at the meeting. 

11 comments:

Tammie said...

how wonderful that you are learning all these wonderful techniques. These really are wonderful. Have a safe and wonderful ride. Fresh air and new sights can be a delight. Or perhaps the studio is calling you.

Fabric Art said...

WOW Joei all of these pieces are so gorgeous, I love them all, the colors look great.
Anni

Jasmine said...

Wonderful. Beautiful work Joei.

iNdi@ said...

and just think of all the leaves you'll be able to collect while you're wandering....

Doreen G said...

Fantastic pieces Joei well done.

ger said...

I think I´m in love with your new palette - + the textures, too...

Diane said...

I love them...but the dog?...I thought I saw him is it kind of like a doberman? Did you see the eye in my piece that I just posted? I really want some of those leaves!

Deborah said...

Great work!

T said...

Wow this is beautiful, you have some very nice leaf prints here, and I love the way you have pieced them together.

xt

suziqu's thread works said...

You should be thrilled with these results with your dyeing - they are absolutely beautiful and will all work so well together.
Suzy

Ingrid said...

Love everything I see on your site, especially this eco printing.