Holiday season is not far away now and I wanted to make a big evening wrap. Black silk is always elegant from my point of view. The only thing, that ladies here, in Cyprus, are always wearing black colors. And sometimes it is very boring to make black scarves all over again. So this time I've decided to incorporate some purple in my work. Here is what happened at the end.
I've collected a lot of eucalyptus bark in the nearest park and continued my experiments with natural dyes. I've run a lot of small tests before with scraps of fabric and got a lot of different and beautiful colors; from pale yellow to dark and rusty rich shades depending on eucalyptus type and fabric. So this wrap is my first real work with eucalyptus. I crocheted it first using baby mohair and felted after with 18 micron carded Merino.
I’m experimenting a lot lately with natural dyes. So far logwood is my favourite dye. It gives beautiful shades of purple. I love its shades of gray on cotton, some kind of aged, stone washed look. This dress was inspired by ‘Felt United’ colours; it is seamless and made of 16 micron Merino wool, silk gauze and milk protein fibers. Hand dyed with a mix of logwood and redwood.
Various leafs on pongee silk, overdyed in logwood bath
Moment of truth. I just love this times - work is done, dress is ready, now is time for some real magic...
For some reason my computer is gone AWOL and started working very funny . So I'm scanning, downloading security features , but it is still playing with me. Can't answer any messages.. Here is some of my latest work. I'm not sure how to post the pics yet though...But at least one step forward..
Cotton gauze and BFL. Dyed with logwood
My new pointe shoes and my felt. I just noticed how organic its look together...
Pink Cocoon.Felted dress.Silk&18 mc Merino wool
Felted wrap. Silk&mik protein,crab fiber,16 mc Merino
Silk gauze and cashmere. Hand dyed with logwood and redwood.
Silk&18 mc Merino seamless dress embellished with sari fibers.
Silk gauze and 16 mc Merino wool scarf. Hand dyed with redwood&logwood. Color is deep purple at night and plum on the daylight.