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Friday, November 27, 2009

eco wonder


I have been dyeing silk as a summer alternative for sales this season. Seems people don't want to even touch wool when its over 30 outside.
This process never ceases to amaze me. The colour variations from just one pot of onion skins with different metal additives is astounding.
I also soy mordanted some cotton and here are the results. The outlines have a wonderful smokeyness to them.


14 comments:

Ginga Squid said...

Oh my goodness - those effects & colours are gorgeous. I would love to come & take a workshop with you!

florcita said...

sooo beautiful! I so want to learn to do this. Ive been looking for India Flints new book but Its sold out! I dont know...its nowhere to be found!

Joei Rhode Island said...

These are stunning...so subtle yet very definite color statements.

Ladka said...

Your silks are really amazing. I especially like the piece(s?) the lady is wearing.
I also love this technique - and it is still very unpredictable to me - or will it always be so?

Pam said...

It seems that every one I unwrap has it's own little piece of magic happening. These were all done in the same pot of onion skins, put in at various times and with different metals in the centre. The cotton ones actually boiled dry as I thought I;d turned the pot off but hadn't. Luckily we have a safety switch in the shed so I didn't wreck my boiler. I would love to share all this knowledge but this is India's trick so look her up as she does travel around.

OliTa said...

Wow, all are so stunning ! I love the fact that it's so unpredictable. Lovely, lovely work !
Florcita, you should check Ebay.

Jasmine said...

Very beautiful work.

dorie said...

WoW - beauties on a string - and yes they are great to wrap around your waist in the summer - good luck with your magic-pots..xD

elisvermeulen said...

wonderful colours and wonderful pictures Pam.

elis

Yvonne said...

Wow! These are stunning - I just love the organic patterning and natural colours!

Ruth said...

These are gorgeous, Pam! I'm sure they'll be perfect for your customers this summer.

iNdi@ said...

that safety switch sounds like a good trick...i once woke up to the smell of frying eucalyptus having turned a pot down low in the ktichen and fallen asleep

now i set my wee fire under the pot in the studio and can go to bed [or wander off] reasonably secure that the coals will die down and all will be well

ain't onion skins fun!

Ginga Squid said...

Hey - Pam did you know Lark Books are doing one of their 500 series on felt - objects, wearables, jewellery etc. Submission deadline is 13th Feb.
I have some info I can send you via email if you give me your email address (mine is vicky@gingasquid.com) - or its on the website, www.LarkBooks.com
You should submit some of your gorgeous works!

Diane said...

Wow and Wow. I need to start saving onion skins if I can get those colors...and if I can learn how! Your photos and designs are wonderful.

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