Friday, January 19, 2018

Fun play natural printing with friends 與友植物印染分享

It's too good to have friends coming for the fun play of natural printing.  My hiking mates Ellen and Joyce are nature lovers and I sometimes show them my natural prints.  Last day  they come for the experiments.   See Mogi is expecting the outcome....... 
一個下午與友玩玩植物印染, 逗逗貓兒, 隨後我又繼續印染及以他們送給我的果仁烘了些曲奇餅, Ellen 和 Joyce 是我遠足隊友, 我們很愛大自然 , 因著共同興趣, 我樂意與友分享植物的奧妙, 且看這些葉印......


They made the prints under my tutelage

Lots of leaves to try for their first time of fun play

Ellen and Joyce are very imaginative .......Dogs and cats silhouette Ellen cut from banana leaf.

Dragonfly and hedgehog in the range as Joyce placed.
What will the prints be?  Let's see after 2 hours bundle boiling.

While the bundles in the boiling we're having the rich cheese cakes brought from them.  I showed them how I printed the wool fabric with the eucalyptus just got from my bike ride.

Well...... moment to open the bundles.
 Nice prints from rose leaves and others.......

Orange and red from eucalyptus, lines from casaurina, green from rose and mandarin leaves

Brown from other species of eucalyptus and it's buds

Dragonfly !!!  Yes, Joyce made it.
The dog prints are a bit blur. I've experiments with silhouette of cats and dogs it's better to soak in iron water for some time beforehand.
It's cute to have the print of a dragonfly as what Joyce expected  The head with cone of casaurina.

Hey, it's hedgehog from eucalyptus buds

Friends are very imaginative and a lovely afternoon we all have.
Mogi is pampered with their cuddle !
After Ellen and Joyce gone I made use of the scraps of the "iron carrier" prints from their scarf.  Sewed two cowl scarfs.  Part of the prints left from their original leaves.....the dragonfly still on.

Each of the cowl scarf connected with other "leftover" of my previous projects.  

Ellen and Joyce are so nice to give me some nuts on their visit.  I made some cookies with them.

I am happy to share with friends with same passion.
How sweet my friends are!  
They made me to pick up again cooking.  Hope the cowl scarf and the cookies remind their fun time with me.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The blue dyed nuno felted scarf 藍染羊毛混纖圍巾

The blue nuno felt scarf just made but blue is not dyed from indigo. 
這片藍色染圍巾的藍並不是來自藍草染, 那是取自友人絲路旅遊回來送給我的黑杞子手信, 我泡水飲用後把渣滓加水及明樊染了雪紡, 然後加些羊毛混纖完成這圍巾.

After drinking the wild black wolfberries (gogi berry) tea, I sieved the residue and squeezed the liquid for the dye.

Soaked the tied white silk chiffon in the dye with little alum then it turned into blue immediately.
After two days I put in water with little vinegar to fix the color.  
I extended the dyed chiffon with merino wool, a little lincoln wool for texture and mulberry silk for the sheen effect.
Here's the look.................

A friend gave me a box of dried black wolfberries from her travel in the northern China.  It said that it's rich in nutrition ingredients and very good to health. Now I still have some to drink and play for blue before I start my indigo vat.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Making of reversible natural printed vest 雙面穿著植物印染背心製作

 This is a reversible vest with double prints. I intended to make it to wear "in and out" as well "front and back".  The tone is a bit rustic so I made shots against the abandoned village house while I was doing biking there.
這背心面料祗用了鐵媒染,內層𢇁料以Irit Dulman技巧印染做出兩層不一樣的效果。

 Basically the fabric of raw silk is iron mordant but not the leaves of eucalyptus and Grevillea Robusta (銀華)
While the other side is georgette silk printed with various leaves with technique from Irit Dulman.

 The front is of two panels and one at the back,  both inside and outside.
 I am lazy and just cut and sewed by vision.  I don't have to measure for anyone  I just wanted to make use of the panels I previous made.
 This is a medium size.  After fitting I found the shoulders are too wide and "straight".  Thus I folded a bit inward.  After all the pieces are sewed I fixed the buttons.

 Final touch with my label
 The look of in and out.
 A reversible long vest is made..........


It can be wore "in and out" as well "front and back".


 A side pocket is added

The making of this vest is easy and the prints of this side of raw silk is only fabric mordant in iron solution.  The different tone of the same eucalyptus (dark & red) is only the darker piece soaked in stronger iron water.
I have instant download pdf tutorial, this is one of prints mentioned.  Interested parties may like to view here in my ETSY
For the prints of the silk side as it's the technique I just learnt from brilliant Irit Dulman, I'm not going into details yet.
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