Another small piece for the Intermediate Crewel Certificate…..my design, and stitched in a day. I have designed and started my “major piece” for this course, and I’m pleased to report that the end is in sight! This small embroidery, on raw silk, is about six inches long, and includes a little of the wool dyed with Eucalyptus leaves. It seems strange that one can use a lovely blue/green leaf in the dye pot and end up with orange/brown!
Some other dye results…..Eucalyptus in an iron pot, and Cherry Ballart in an aluminium one, with some Alum as mordant. I was hoping for more lovely greens, but ended up with a bile yellow colour, rather than green. Fabrics were bundled with leaves and other bits of stuff ( nails, piece of metal grid, old washers) included between the layers which have given some good prints.
These two photos are either side on one fabric……a wool flannel sort of thing sold by the Creswick Woollen Mills.
And some threads – both wool and silk of different weights.