Bundle over-dyeing

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I began with this… a much worn and washed and somewhat faded and darned merino singlet.  There was also a silky merino infinity scarf, but the ‘before’ picture was not too exciting.

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And there were these… four bundles friends had wrapped up and prepared for the dye pot.  So much creativity…

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Needless to say, heat and eucalyptus worked their magic.

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By next day, I had these bundles to pass on to my friends at the local farmers’ market (where one was unwrapped on the spot)!

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My two were unwrapped on my happy return from Back Country, which seemed entirely appropriate to me.

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Here they are, wet and glorious, freshly unbundled.

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The silky merino was more red/yellow and orange–and the overdye full of greys and blacks and reds.

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Finding daylight and sunshine to photograph in has been challenging, but… I am wearing the scarf today at work and feel very snug and cheery about it.

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And the singlet looks even darker and richer than this photo, and the darning has receded into  the background quite suitably!

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14 Comments

Filed under Eucalypts, Leaf prints, Natural dyeing, Neighbourhood pleasures

14 responses to “Bundle over-dyeing

  1. Isn’t rewarding to breath new life into faded out garments?
    These are beautiful!

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  2. Deb

    I love the color!

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  3. wonderful. they look smashing! isn’t unwrapping a bundle the best thing ever! 😀

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  4. glorious color. They are the very definition of red.

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  5. Marg

    I loved India Flint’s exhibition and Mary you have achieved exquisiteness too. What a wonderful collaboration between you and nature.

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