A new skirt for Emily

She can still wear this pattern, even though she is quite pregnant! The trick is to wear it below your belly 🙂

Shibori dyed, eco printed linen . 100 Acts Of Sewing pattern.

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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 https://organiccottonplus.com. 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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Results of my first organic indigo dye pot

Lost a lot of color….. and it didn’t go very dark, even with three dips. Wonder what I did wrong? Any clues/tips?

I still like it. And it will make a nice summer dress for Lilly.

Linen/organic indigo


“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.


Emily’s Deconstructed Dress

Not sure if the word ‘deconstructed’ is actually what I want to call it. ‘Decayed’ perhaps? Like a painted wall that has undergone weather and time….

I started out with weld, then over dyed with brazil wood (the last of my old old stash). And, as with all the things I have shibori dyed…. the two sides are different, even though I thought that I had folded them the same (in the future I will lay the pieces out side by side and fold them in unison).

Next I placed leaves on the top….. mostly cotinus, but with a large Japanese knot wood leaf in the center of the front top. I then liberally covered the tops sections with cotinus ‘fluff’ and the lower halves with tamarisk. Over all I placed  rust cloths.

The top turned out like I had planned…. sort of. But the tamarisk did not. Had been going for the finer lines/dots that I have gotten in the past.

A nice dress to wear during pregnancy.

😦 BUT it seems to have gotten lost in the mail 😦  Along with Eleanor’s purple/coreopsis dress.  I have a trace on the package…. and haven’t given up hope that it will arrive some day. But am sad at the moment.