One for me….new autumn work outfit.

This outfit was a combination of natural colored linen with a resist shibori/eco print ruffle. The black splotches (caused by the rust water/egg white mixture I was dipping the maple leaves into) were my attempt to disguise the blob I accidentally got on the yellow trying to chase the kitten off. The jacquard linen pants where dyed in the same dye bath as the ruffle.

Tina Givens dress pattern. Sonya Philips pants pattern.

Wore it to work yesterday and I felt lovely! 🙂  (Didn’t wear with with the striped shirt, wore a black short sleeved shirt since it is still warm here).


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“Matching” outfits for the granddaughters…. sort of.

This little project started out as a skirt for Eleanor. But there were left over pieces big enough to cut out a jumper for Josephine …… so I thought, matching outfits! Especially as they will be seeing each other this weekend.

I am hoping for a “COUSINS” photoshoot by Lilly!!

Organic cotton baby corduroy . Shibori dyed with Lac…. sprinkled with turmeric and logwood. Redbud, liquid amber and purple carrots.

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Jo and Ellie in their latest eco prints

photo by Lillian Short (edited a tiny bit by me)


Precut fabric for Lilly…..

The thought is in the air for doing some collaborative projects….. with me dyeing the fabric and Lilly sewing it into one of a kind garments.

Here is a dress blank that I dyed for her, using a 100actsofsewing pattern. The photos are a bit ‘rough’ as I was trying to take photos quickly with a camera whose battery needed recharging (wanted to get the package in the mail today).

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Two Quick Scarves for co-workers’ birthday presents.

I guess ‘quick’ is a relative term…. between the mordanting, the shibori dyeing and then the printing, there was quite a lot of time put into them. One of them especially, as I ended up having to over print it.

This is the one that was over printed. My favorite of the two.

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And this was the second one….. not MY favorite, but Lilly and Jeph liked it. Looked too much like a Hawaiian shirt for me 😉

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Both are silk, mordanted with alum. Maple, cotinus, oak and redbud leaves were used.

Prints On Baby Corduroy!

I have been wanting to print some corduroy for quite some time, but it was hard to find organic corduroy. Finally found some at It’s pretty soft, and not really thick, so not sure how it will wear. But LOVED the way it printed!

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Loving The Combo Of Shibori And Eco Print!

Made a skirt for Lilly to remember my visit.

Linen fabric shibori dyed with acacia. Printed with eucalyptus leaves and seeds, cotinus, guava, and a sprinkling of coreopsis. Rust fabric placed over all before steaming.

I really love the way the shibori dying gives a bit more depth to the over all look of the fabric.


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“Mexican Dress” in Eco Print (Folkwear Pattern)

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Lilly gave me several yards of raw silk for my birthday…. and I decided to try my hand at making the Folkwear Pattern for a Mexican Dress/Shirt. I bought the pattern several years ago and was waiting to get enough silk threads dyed to embroider one…. but that’s taking too long, so thought I’d try eco printing some fabric for it instead. I am glad I did. The shirt is a bit big and ‘sloppy’ looking on me….. but I figured out, while making this one,  how I’d make future shirts that would be a bit more flattering.

Raw silk shibori dyed with madder…..over dyed with geranium, currant and purple carrots.