Recently a friend asked if I would photograph a piece of work as she needed to submit a disk with images to the Embroiderer’s Guild as she wants to enter it in the Embroidery with Wool Exhibition that will be happening in March. Her piece is large, about 48X12 inches, on hand made felt, extraordinarily beautiful and depicting a story about our native forests. I wish I could show the photos, but obviously cannot at this stage. This lady was our tutor for the Surface Stitchery certificate, and is very talented in many areas of textile work, often using her own hand dyed threads, fabrics, felts and spun yarns in her work. She has a real interest in using natural plants for dyeing, so her pieces are often made in lovely soft and subtle colours, with simple slow stitching. Yesterday she gave me this as a thank-you gift – I’m delighted to have it.
When she arrived on Saturday, she was most excited as she had spotted some Eucalypt trees growing in my road and in the garden, saying that they would be great for the dye pot. I am still to identify the species, they have smallish round silver leaves, but we both picked big bunches, and of course, I had to give it a go. Using some old cream woollen blanket, with other pieces of white silk/rayon velvet, silk and silk/linen mix, these were the results.
The dark areas are where I wrapped an old bottle top inside the bundle, and the light areas are where it was tied up with string.
I think this is something I would like to pursue further, but in a more considered way, and shall consult my copy of India Flint’s book, Eco Colour, first. By the way – have you seen this video clip of India Flint? Hope the link works…..