Birthday gift

It came to my notice that a niece who was shortly to visit us also has a birthday approaching. I put on the dye pot.

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I went out to visit a favourite tree.

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I had ordered the scarves with this kind of occurrence in mind, so I pulled one out and pulled out the new silk thread as well.

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In they went (and so did the stems that were left from the leaves I’d used)!

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The transformation is always amazing in the dye pot.

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But the contents are even better fun!

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Shown here wet from the dye bath…

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And here hung out to dry.

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Yes, she does like it….! And we took her out on a walk to see the tree that contributed its glory to her gift.

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

20 responses to “Birthday gift

  1. purplejulian

    so nice to be able to make lovely presents like that


  2. Just beautiful! And inspires me to keep trying to get more results from my dyeing attempts. Maybe something other than brown, tan or browny tan…


  3. Susan

    Oh my, she should feel very blessed to have an auntie like you!!


  4. Nat

    I get so inspire every time I visit here! Oh my, what wonderful colour you achieved from that beloved tree. Do you mind telling me where you got the scarves from? They would be good for oversea presents (very light to post)!


  5. Chrissy Guzzi

    The oranges that you achieve are wonderful, does your dye pot have madder as the mordant? is your favourite tree a E.Scoparia?


  6. Liz

    Just beautiful. I am so envious of those living alongside Eucalyptus trees – they’re few and far between in the UK – absolutely gorgeous result


    • Thanks, Liz. Love the name of your blog. I often feel I am giving my inner Womble a bit of a treat with natural dyeing and plant loving…. Eucalypts are one of the blessings of living here, it’s true. But every place has its special loveliness I think…


  7. Keryn

    What a beautiful gift. Is it possible to email you about you running a workshop at my gallery/studio?? Many thanks


  8. Chrissy

    Thank you for your reply mazzaus, I think we live close by you. We love and propagate local natives. We think some bulbine bulbosa might work well in your planting and we can grow some next season as a thank you for your efforts in the guerrilla planting, especially silly all those ruby saltbushes.


    • Hi Chrissy, wonderful to hear from another local who grows native plants. I would be only too happy to plant bulbine bulbosa or to see them spring up around the place. I am still propagating ruby saltbush, but now spring is here I have all kinds of other propagation plans and have been out filling pots this morning ready to find out what else I can grow!


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