Friday, December 28, 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve

Well it has been said that women are great multi-taskers but I have never really found that myself.
However I would say that cooking and dyeing are almost one and the same.

Mum's family ham recipe and dyeing with red cabbage.
Careful when it comes to serving, Jude!

Seasons Greetings to one and all

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Now Seven Days

I am still happily dyeing and producing...Christmas really is fitting around the wedding.

I have pre-mordanted this length of humble calico with soy milk and it's been stuck in a oniony/eucalyptus dye bath which was already a couple of weeks old, removed the science experiment from the top before immersion.
Used my favourite pieces of rusty tin as the mordant.
During the dyeing process, I went out to run some errands and completely forget about the calico.
When I returned the pot had dried up....

This will definitely make for a very interesting piece of cloth

Saturday, December 15, 2012

A moment at 11 days

Busy in Belgrave getting flowers ordered and thankyous bought and then...a moment, just a moment.
One of the wedding waistcoats hanging in the window of the sewing studio

Thursday, December 13, 2012

12 Days to go

Amanda and Paul's wedding is more my focus this Christmas and with my new birthday present iPad, I am attempting to document the run up to Christmas through my obsession with creating the best Naturally Dyed wedding in the world!

So, with correct apps downloaded and armed with photos on this beautiful new tool, here I go!

Featured are the calico backings from the little Lily and Arwen's dresses.
The technique is hapa-zome, taught to me by India Flint. This is the first time I have used it in my own work since the workshop and the results are scintillating.

The dresses are off to meet the girls and gain approval or/and await the tweaks which is every woman's perogative.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

...and so it begins

As the date is 6th December, is seems appropriate that I am starting to post about Paul and Amanda's wedding which will be on 6th January!
Preparations, measurings, fittings, discussions, brain-stormings, not to mention coffees have been have been taking place for many months but now is 'the business end' of the project. A time to pull it all together, consolidate and relish the fruits of our labours. Amanda's 'team' assembled last Thursday for a walk through and I must SEW! Sew, like I've never sewn before!

I visited ZiguZagu and bought some delicious vintage kimono silk. A really big roll, tied up with string allowing beautiful purplish leaf prints to caress it's surface, thanks to a big bar of iron.

The Wedding Dress Angel