I feel ‘the whole is still more important than a part’ in any patterned fabric, yet I can not resist and would like to show you today few details of fabrics I have just printed with plants.
linen cotton blend
ivy leaf, silk
some very spooky faces on silk
how many can you count?
and some lovely abstract pattern & colour on silk
my imaginary muse
windfall eucalyptus on linen viscose
Aoife is Gaelic form of the name of Eve. Other sources say it’s an Irish girl’s name.
take sometimes very long to finish.
I procrastinated – this is the first time I was about to glue the frame to felted purse… will it work?
I have never made a sewn one before either…
It did work and very well. When you are choosing frame, don’t go for the one you need to sew in, the wholes are usually punched only on the outside and it’s very awkward to get the needle through narrow space between frame sides.
The beads for this necklace – I must have made at least two years ago. They are made from plant dyed silk ribbon tightly sewn into a round shape. A little bit chunky, yet lightweight.
Dyer in me is always delighted when I get clearly defined shapes of plants on fabric; as a designer/maker it’s abstract and organic patterns which make my heart skip a beat. This is something I would love to explore more in the future, either by dyeing/eco printing or other techniques.
The effect you see here I created by crushing dry plants and then eco printing them on silk. The colours are muted and for a while I wasn’t sure what to do with the cloth, esp. how to make the most of the pattern which varies across it and generally, how to minimize the waste. When you spend days waiting for the pigment to bond with the fibre and then weeks/months before washing so that the colours are fast, you really don’t want too many remnants..!
Eventually I settled on the idea of a large size dress which could be worn as a tunic or just a knee length number and adapted pattern I drafted for this printed tunic. Only later I added straps at the waist and to my delight they have made the dress very versatile. Worn lose it will fit bigger sizes, tied tighter, at the back or even at the front, it suddenly fits size M-S without looking big and baggy!
Free offer of the pattern for the dress is now closed. The pattern will be available from my shop later in March.
I thought if I am using locally sourced plants to print on fabric (or mostly, with exception of silver dollar which is I think from Ireland) I will give the pieces Scottish names. Some are Gaelic and some Celtic. Gaelic is just one of Celtic languages. It is still spoken here in Scotland, mainly on the west coast and western islands. There has been an effort made to keep it alive by opening Gaelic primary school in Inverness; the language is also taught at high school (optional) and the sign posts of towns and villages are both in English and Gaelic in most part of Scotland. It’s a very different language to English, with many consonants and few vowels in words.
MAVOURNA is a Celtic girl’s name meaning little darling.
I printed this little piece of cotton with local eucalyptus windfall, leaves and pods. There was just enough to make a 16 x 16 inch cushion cover and ALMEDA pouch from the previous post.