January is not an easy month, the business and exciment of Christmas is long gone, the days are still so very short and rather grey and we have got still few months of cold weather ahead. Plus illnesses, sicknesses and bugs… I would like to spread my wings a bit, spend more time at my sewing machine, take this class and play with my camera capturing little things which bring happiness to my daily life.
Here is the first one
a flower pot I got from my dear friend whom I don’t see as often as I used to or as I would like to… I just love watching how the leaves are getting bigger every day plus their fresh green colour is very energizing.
I like how ideas flow when we create. You start with one and when it is materialized it often opens other possibilities. So it has bees with the felted dreads I have been incorporating into my scarves recently. It started with few on the white textured one. They were shorter and attached towards the ends of the scarf. I liked how they hanged down at front while one of the ends was hanging over the shoulder. Also how they added movement.
With the brazilwood dyed ones I made them longer and attached at the centre back, making the textured layer narrower. They are really palyful, you can wrap one-two-three-all, once or twice, or tie them and as you walk they move around the body.
For this scarf I left out the top layer altogether and made it just from dreads.
They look like a bundle of icecles, they won’t thaw unlike the ones outside. The water has been dripping from everywhere over the past few days, to much dislike of the children. I will miss snow too – but only until the first buds sprout. I already heard birds singing early in the morning – spring is in the air! This rapid thaw reminds me of Narnia’s The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe…
It happens sometimes that I think of a certain shape and then I start seeing it around. This icicles remind me of dreads and open new design possibilities.
Recently, I have started to write a list of words which I find interesting/inspiring/intriguing. I like to Google images realted to them or search them on Flickr. Talended Mitsy from ArtMind has organized a Flickr Favorites Tuesday on her blog over the past months and I would like to join in here and there. This is my first contribution :).
A request from a customer led me back to natural dyes and textured fibres. I have enjoyed working on the following pieces so very much! I feel that all the textured fibres like silk or wool nepps or curly wools, they all go very well with natural rather than synthetic dyes. It has been quite challenging to dye naturally in this weather though. I have saved my mordanted water as well as my not fully exhausted dyebaths in the buckets and right now all of them sit frozen in the shed. And someone in the house rightly said that it feels like in the laundrette :)! But it is possible, step by step, mordanting and exhausting dyes one day, dyeing next one…
Two scarves with maximum texture, the second one dyed with onion skins.
Small collection of two layered scarfs. The first layer is from merino embellished with texture, the second are long dreads. Dyed with brazilwood, the last one in natural greys.
Cuffs and collars in shibori technique dyed with onion skins and brazilwood.
Felt bracelet mainly naturally dyed, except the blue and the brick red one.
Uf! I didn’t realize I haven’t posted my work here for sooo long! Here is the last piece, very shabby chic distressed scarf/wrap/skirt which was inspired by ripped plastic bags trapped on a fence and the overal shape of clouds. It is dyed with synthetic dyes. I hope to go back to this design sometimes soon.
but the gorse, one of the most available natural dye in Scotland, doesn’t seem to mind, neither the low temperatures.
Just yesterday I made a scarf from merino dyed last spring with this beautiful yellow dye!
Happy New Year to all of you! Let it be better than the previous one, filled with good health and success and laughter!
Thank you very much for your good wishes – we have had really really lovely time over the holidays and it seems to continue. It is so nice to pause, spend more time together – it feels like being on holidays although we always stay at home. And this year it was with extra bonus – the Christmas and New Yeas was very white – and it is getting even whiter! So instead of making small trips around as we did last year we have been forced to stay at home and explore nearby slopes :).