Monday, July 27, 2015

Eco bundles and solar dyeing

When i told you about the solar dyeing in my last post, I did not talk about the bundles i made for the jars. In India Flints book she shows lots of beautiful samplers of eco bundles.

Some  leaves, i folded the fabric after placing the leaves, the print is a bit orange. 

In eco dyeing plants are enclosed in textile or paper , bundled by winding over branches , copper pipes, rusty nails, and then steamed or immersed in hot water, sometimes with plants, to extract the pigments and produce a print made with plant dyes.
You can use leaves,stems, flowers and seeds.
Lay the wet fabric on a flat surface and lay some flowers or leaves or whatever you want on the fabric. Roll the fabric around the branch to make a bundle.
I have put the bundles about two weeks in the jars, some jars were filled with dyeplants from my garden.
Then steam the bundles for two hours and then WAIT.
Eco dyers say: time is your friend. The longer you wait before opening the bundles, the deeper the color well be. But how difficult is that. I could only wait one week....

The bundles have been steamed.....


Eucalyptus leaves, the color is much more orange than on the picture.

oak leaf

eucalyptus leaves

onion skins

And of course there were some disappointed results. There are already new bundles in the jars. 
So the waiting begins...... 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

It's so hot here and some solar dyeing

Already six weeks ago that i wrote a post on my blog! But weather is so hot here, sometimes too hot to do anything.
Last thursday we were inside for the whole day, too hot to be outside. French houses have thick walls and when you close the shutters, temperature inside is cool.

I also have some problems with my google account, I lost my cookies , so i have to sign in and sign in again and so on. That is the reason that i did not comment on your blogs! But i did read them, be sure of that! I will try to comment as an anonymous to let you know that i am still there.

But weather is perfect for some solar dyeing.
I bought India Flint's book about eco dyeing. A great book and so inspiring.
It is very simple: you fill a jar with some dyeing plants like tagetes,  onion skins or apple tree leaves.
You put some fabric that you mordanted with alum and water . Then let the sun do her work........

Inside this jar are flowers from hollyhocks, the dark, black ones.

Water with some vineyard. To modifie the color you can add also some nails or some copper coins.

onion skins

salvia leaves

Next time the results........

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Back from Felletin and my garden

I came home friday evening after my five-day workshop. It was very inspiring and i learned lots of new things.
Some photos are coming this week.
First i want to show you my garden in full bloom......

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Indigo and Shibori scarfs and I am off to Felletin

I dyed some scarfs with indigo, they were all wrapped around polyester tubes in different width and in different ways.

The last one is a woolen scarf which i dyed first in a camomile bath, then wrapped  around the tube and dyed the scarf in an indigo bath at last i dyed the scarf in a madder bath, this is the result.
This scarf will not be for sale, i will keep it myself!

Tomorrow i will go to Felletin  to do a 5 day workshop. Felletin is a small town in the department the Creuse, about 80 km from here.
The workshop is about dyeing and printing fabric. Here can you find the workshop information.
The teacher  is Mireille Vallet, i give you some links about here work here and here

Monday, May 18, 2015

Five more bags

I promised you 5 more bags, here they are.......

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Indigo and Shibori bags

Where have i been these two weeks. I was in my sewing room, sewing totes and two crossover shoulderbags for the brocante in juin.

Today i'll show you the indio and shibori bags, more pictures are coming because i made another 5 bags.......

The front

the back

the front

the back

the front

the back

the front

the back

this bag was dyed with brasilwood.

the back

To be continued......

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Wool on sunday, my retro sampler and some flowers

I knitted some more patterns on my retro sampler. Do you remember Wieke's pattern?
For this project i use yarned , dyed by me with plantes, i told you about the yarn here.

I did not knit a lot these days because the garden needs a lot of attention.
And i dyed fabric and scarves with indigo. This summer in my village we'll have a brocante (fleamarket) for the first time and i want to be there with a stall with some handmade things......
i will show you the indigo things soon!

The fruit trees were in full bloom last week, so beautiful.

For more Wool on Sunday's participants you could visit Janine's blog.