I have not posted for a while but I have been extremely busy, well that should really say I have been extremely dizzy 🙁 Unfortunately over the last few months I have struggled with my balance and this has been awfully debilitating however I am trying hard to push myself forward.
One thing I love to do is walk in the woods and look at the flowers so I decided to do a bit of foraging and have a go at natural dyeing – a bit of a change for me; but as they say a change is as good as a rest. So off I set for my foraging walk, pockets bulging with poo bags and a rucksack to collect my findings. Here is what I found.
Once I got back I unpacked my collections and added beasties. I have experimented with different mordants and different natural products. The whole process is messy, smelly and unpredictable.
My thoughts about natural dyeing:
I had a lovely walk 🙂
I took some beautiful inspirational photographs for my embroidery.
I love nature but I love my procion dyes 🙂 I like to have control of the colours and blends that I am creating.
SO…… on reflection I decided that all was not lost. I went for another walk and contemplated what i was going to do next. I am currently working on a collection of work that is sepia in colour so I decided that I would try my hand at rust dyeing.
I was a bit blown away with what happened next. I was standing by the edge of the lake throwing a stick for the dog when I looked down and saw this ……
What!!!??? A piece of treasure. Well this definitely means I have to have a go at this.
My good old dad has been into his garage and found me a collection of rusty items and I have selected some of the paler natural dyed fabrics and some undyed fabrics. Rusty parcels have been made and all I have to do now is wait ….
Watch this space. I will show you the results soon.