Sunday, August 13, 2017

Scarves - shibori, indigo and eco printed

Similar but uniquely different - that's what these several OOAK scarves are about.  I dyed them in indigo using various shibori techniques.  After that, I eco printed them mainly using local eucalyptus which I foraged along with smoke bush which someone gave me.  I love the smoke bush because it adds little black lines and squiggles.

 Add soda ash and thiox to the warm indigo vat.  The PH should be about 10-11.

Here's an example of one of my shibori bundles ready for the indigo pot

Here are the scarves after they were shibori dyed in indigo but before they were eco-printed.  Hard decision to just leave them as is or proceed. 

I let the indigo pieces dry in the sun for several hours.  Then I dipped them in an iron/water solution for 10 seconds, placed the plant material on the scarves, wrapped each scarf in its own rusty iron pipe and tightly wrapped the pipes.

In to the roaster the pipes went to steam for 2.5 hours, turning them every half hour or so and wetting them with a vinegar/water solution.

And the biggest thrill of all is unwrapping the pipes to see what you got!  Like Christmas morning all over again!!!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Poof - It's a Felted Pouf!

Poufs have great utility. As chairs, they can be easily moved around a room to add an extra seat wherever needed. Placed in front of your favorite sofa or chair, they also make a great footrest. They are also used as tabletops, especially if you keep a flat wood surface handy.

My very talented, artist friend Suzanne Currie, owner of Maison42, which features one of a kind high-end unique furnishings, contacted me about creating felted textiles for two large poufs.  She wanted natural colors mainly white with some black, grays, etc. and lots of textures but still comfortable to sit on.  

I had to size up the felted pieces to allow for shrinkage for a finished cushion 27" in diameter plus 7" height around the sides. 

I created the textiles with a base of sheer silk to which I added a layer of merino, another layer of Navajo Churro, another layer of merino and then surface design including bamboo, mulberry bark, sumi ink silks, addition wool and silk fabric.

You can find Suzanne's amazing art HERE.

Suzanne and I are buried in the finished textiles - we are both so happy with the result. Next step was upholstery and voila, the finished poufs are fantastic.

Poof, the felted textiles are now poufs!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

United in Felt - Nuno Felted Seamless Scarf Collars

I love these new capelets or should I call them shawls or how about one piece scarf collars.  

These seamless nuno felted...OK, let's go with scarf collars, are made using a resist and various textiles and fibers that I have bought on my extensive travels such as the mulberry paper from Laos and the wool roving from DHG in Italy. Some of the items, I purchased on-line or bought locally like the recycled silk sari ribbon from India, the Habu stainless steel yarns from Japan, the silkworm cocoons from Thailand, wool from Ireland, and the new and up-cycled textiles sourced in the USA.  

With all the trouble in the world these days, it's a small bit of bliss to see items from around the world come together and meld as one through the felt making process, hence, I'm calling this grouping "United in Felt"

Work in progress using a resist to create a seamless garment.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Mendfulness - A Worn, Torn and Visibly Mended Nuno Felted Dress

Worn, torn and visibly mended - a sustainable nuno felted reversible dress created without seams using new and recycled silk and cotton fabrics and merino wool roving.  Waxed linen thread was used to stitch and create mendfulness.  Katrina Rodabaugh. wrote about Mendfulness:

We can be mindful. We can be mendful. We can do our very best to leave this fragile planet a little bit better than how we inherited it. 
Mendfulness is about being mindful about mending and repair, but also about being mindful about our relationship to fashion.
It’s about pausing to consider our consumer habits, getting clear on what clothes we like to wear and why, and also embracing wear and tear as a normal and even beautiful process.
It’s a shift from the fashion “trendmill” to make our wardrobe more personal and less perfect.
It’s about applying concepts of mindfulness to fashion

 This dress was created on a resist with two layers of silk, including silk with metal fibers, hand dyed silks and cotton fabrics sandwiched between one layer of super fine wool roving.  The fabrics are both new and upcycled from old clothing.  Pieces on the dress were purposely torn and hand stitched with waxed linen thread to create the feeling of mendfulness.  

Thursday, April 20, 2017

PART 2 - Indigo Dyed Nuno Felted Seamless Dress - The Reveal

To see how I made the prefelts, click HERE

Using many resists, including a godet on both the back and front to make a full skirted dress, I created the nuno felted seamless dress out of the indigo dyed prefelts, silks and wool roving by pieceing them on the front of the resist overlapping the edges of the resist so that they would seam to the sides and the shoulders of the back. 

 Once I worked the front with my hands and my new electric car buffer (thank you Mary Papaj), I flipped it and created the back of the dress. Then some rolling, more with the electric car buffer and then some fulling and voila...THE REVEAL (Drum roll):

Ready to party with my new dress and coordinated leggings and tee shirt.  I'm wearing a lapis necklace, silver bracelets and earring, blue shoes, blue toe nail polish and even blue eye glasses!

I used a portion of the shibori dyed prefelt as the main attraction in the bodice.  I cut up the shibori balls and used them sparingly on the front.
 I shibori tied and indigo dyed a pair of white cotton/spandex leggings that I bought on Dharma Trading.  These tights are OK but a bit saggy.  I'm on the look out for some other white leggings with more stretch.  None the less, they look adorable with the dress.

The back and left side

The back with the shibori wrapped portion at the top

I love the little flower on the right

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