Beautification through embroidery

Somehow I have fallen down another rabbit hole… I seem to be stitching.  A lot.  Still with the project of making what is merely functional, more beautiful.  I started out with three calico drawstring bags that had held bath salts and soap nuts.  I had a spectacular dyeing fail using eucalyptus.  Go figure.  Certainly not an improvement!

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I dipped them in the indigo vat a few times, a while back.  Better.

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Then one day I suddenly saw what to do.  I started and then kept going.  Here I am with it in progress on my lap on the bus to work.

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Threads dyed with madder, grevillea robusta, and eucalyptus.

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It’s so much better!

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Last night it went home with a friend.  It is going to become home for a deck of tarot cards.  And I have started on the others…

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Filed under Natural dyeing, Sewing

14 responses to “Beautification through embroidery

  1. purplejulian

    that’s gorgeous, a rabbit hole I like the look of very much and haven’t fallen down yet …..


  2. Love the dyed threads and all those wonderful little stitches. Lucky recipient!


  3. Susan

    Like a river, I like it very much. Good choices.


  4. Lovely, so nice to make something from a disaster


  5. I love falling down my rabbit hole ,can be fun if you don’t put too much pressure on yourself .


  6. Keryn

    Absolutely stunning.


  7. Jasha

    Gosh, I love your “disaster” version, I would love that effect on the yoke of a top! I find it interesting and kind of heartening the way we makers/artists all have different tastes and are intrigued by different things in our work. Makes the world an interesting place! 🙂
    I have just discovered plant dyeing, I was given India flints book last week and began experimenting with gum leaves and solar flower dyeing…. I came across your blog when doing further research, I am working my way through your posts from the present backwards, and I am enjoying them so much! The gardening, sewing, the dyes and wool…thank you so much for sharing your lovely work 🙂


    • Dear Jasha, thanks so much for your generous comment! I am delighted you are enjoying the blog. I think there are years of experiments ahead of you! I love the idea of this effect on a yoke. That may yet happen. I have seriously caught the embroidery bug… I also love the way different makers/artists have different fascinations and pursue different lines of investigation in their work and writing. All that diversity makes the world go round!


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