dyeing, Sewing

Oxalis dyed dress

It’s that time of the year in Perth where the Oxalis, also known as sour grass and soursob, is everywhere. it’s an invasive weed so no-one minds when I collect it from verges and public places. This is me, after a swim, helping myself to oxalis near the pool. And this is how I extract […]

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Dyeing experiments

At this very moment I am supposed to be at the Muresk Agricultural College to participate in Fibres West, a week long, residential, mordanting programme with Julie Ryder, but thanks to a snap lockdown and ongoing restrictions, the programme was cancelled and I’m at home. I had packed all the clothes and materials required for […]

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dyeing, glamping, Repurposed, Sewing

Gyo top and City Gym Shorts

I have been on an unexpected extended stay at our holiday place and found myself with not enough activities. Luckily I had a lovely white sheet donated by my friend Suzanne, and copies of the Merchant and Mills Gyo top and the Purl Soho City Gym shorts, so I knew exactly what I needed to […]

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Pillowcase to dyed top

The fabric for this top was dyed during the Fibres West Retreat I attended in July, and was a pillowcase in its previous life. It was a pretty fancy pillowcase with lines of pintucks, some of which had come adrift and I discovered that I don’t have a pintucking foot so had to do the […]

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Hapa Zome or hot mess?

Followers on IG may have seen my hapa zome printing experiment and several of you asked for more detail. Hapa Zome is derived from the Japanese art of beating up leaves with hammers, where natural pigments are pounded into fabric. India Flint has a couple of pages dedicated to this in her book “Eco Colour” […]

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Dyeing for some tights

In order to fulfil my Me-Made-May pledge (at the bottom of this post), I decided that I need some tights, stat! Unfortunately, a quick exploration of my stash revealed this as the most likely contender, and I didn’t think several pairs of hot pink tights would cut the mustard.  So, I did what most normal […]

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Bubble Bubble toil and trouble

This phrase came to me because I’ve been dyeing some wool for my One Year One Outfit challenge, and I felt very witchy indeed as I was stirring my cauldron and watching my wool change colour! [I have since changed the title, and I know I am misquoting William Shakespeare, but if Walt Disney can do it, so […]

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