this is how the image of the running paint grew into something bigger than a scarf. It is the tunic/dress I have been working on recently. Made of layers of cotton and silk fabrics seamlessly felted together, it  looked like this in white (I like how the wind plays withe dreads…).

After days of dyeing with natural dyes, mainly onion skins, it changed into golden yellow sunrays…


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  1. Oh my god! it is an absolute beauty! What a great job! I love how the shades variate a bit depending on the fabric/wool…type of fibre.
    Great work Monika, speechless. To the runway with your creations woman!

  2. Oh, how I love this dress!!
    I have been making tiny, baby steps with felting garments lately, and I sure wish I had a teacher like you nearby!! Working ‘big’ is so frightening, and mistakes made are really obvious when it’s something one plans to actually wear!! 🙂
    I know you must just love to put this beauty on and
    twirl around!

  3. Thank you very much to all of you for leaving a comment!

    Marian: That’s what I was aiming at – to have different hues of the same color to make the overal color effect more interesting. It was a bit nerve-wrecking though becuase I wasn’t sure how the cottons will take up the dye. Although I made samples, dyeding small pieces of cotton fabric, there was no guarantee it would work the same with bigger fabric pieces. From now on I must dye before felting…

    Kristin: Yes, it is onion skins but I premordanted the fibres and left it in the dyebath for several days. I was hoping for browner shade, but obviously there was not enough of the red onion skins.

    Heather: I know what you mean, but without mistakes there is no learning… When I make something and it is not the way I planned I sit and think how to adapt the patter/process for the next time and so, step by step, I get closer to the plan. I started off with Felting Fashion by L. Houghton. And you are right, felting big is frighting – AND physically demanding.

  4. Wonderful design, great do you dye the cotton and wool with the same dye bath…did you mordant them separately then dye together…I love the look and the long dreads, it is very graceful.

  5. Thank you, Cedar! I have made the tunic in white first, then mordanted it with alum and then dyed with onion skins. I overdyed it with tea but don’t think the color changed very much. I think the cotton took up the dye so well because onion skins are substantive dyes.
    When I dyed alum mordanted cotton blouse and merino bag with brazilwood in one pot, the cotton was much paler than merino…

  6. Monica, every time I look at your work I am blown away. You constantly produce interesting thoughtful work that just looks amazing. I love the way that dress moves and the colour is great. thanks for sharing

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