Category Archives: Natural dyeing

The Cotton/Linen Dyeing Problem

Silk is a cinch.  Right?  Prints beautifully. Cellulose fibres, on the other hand, are more problematic.  So I want to master them in eco-printing.  India Flint’s Eco-Colour has some guidance on soaking cottons and linens in supermarket soy milk products.  I … Continue reading

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Vine leaves and geranium fabric printing

My friend  Louise Wells didn’t just bring delicious smoked salmon blinis to Melbourne Cup lunch last Tuesday.  She brought a large bag of garden cuttings.  Among them, vine leaves. So I had a little go at bundling some of them … Continue reading

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Adding iron to an onion pot

  This post is about two things.  First: the wonders of iron in a pot (thank you Jane Flower!).  Second: rose leaves (thank you Louise Wells for the latest batch!) I am building up a store of silk with eco-prints … Continue reading

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Dyeing used silk by simmering: 3 lessons

I decided to give the steamer a break and make an onion dye bath in the boiler. Before bundling local and garden material around sticks, I rinsed each piece of silk in a dilute iron water solution (see Lesson 2 … Continue reading

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Murraya paniculata- who knew??

Murraya paniculata, common name Orange Jessamine, is an excellent hedging plant.  A native of China and South-east Asia,  it is in several spots in my small garden because of its wonderful orange blossom perfume when in flower and its neat … Continue reading

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Walking has its benefits

If I have to take my ageing legs for a walk I figure I might as well go somewhere interesting.  My current favourite destination right now  is the Bayswater wetlands, not far from my place.The wetlands are under threat from … Continue reading

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Natural dyeing with local material

In her book Eco Colour, India Flint argues for collecting only fallen plant material for dyeing and using local plants as a record of “place”. On my walk today in the local wetland and riverside park  I picked up a … Continue reading

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More systematic natural dyeing

    I am still going through Eco Colour by India Flint, finding I am open to so much more of her advice now that I have done a bit of bundling.This time I chose to look at two possible … Continue reading

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Natural and Local Dyeing

The recent WAFTA (www.wafta.com.au) workshop given by Jane Flower (https://foliosandfibre.wordpress.com) revitalised my interest in dyeing with locally available plants.  I was lucky enough to be the facilitator for the workshop (not participating, just helping) and to have Jane stay with … Continue reading

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Plant Dyeing Again

Well, fellow MELD member Louise Wells has  said that if I’m on a good thing I should stick to it. So here goes with my record of the latest natural dyeing efforts. f Might take break now while I think … Continue reading

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