Saturday, April 26, 2014

Embroidered Camisole

I had been dragging around an inspiring image of embroidery work that I had cut out from the New York Times made by  Iviva Olenick
So when I saw that she was teaching a class at Third Ward (now shuttered) I took her workshop. Loved her teaching style and her generous help.
This battered camisole became my canvas for natural dye work and embroidery.
Shira Weinberger took this lovely shot. More of her  stunning photography can be found at

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Silk Scarf dyed with Natural Dyes

I started this scarf at the Textile Arts Center's dye garden and continued applying natural sources. I steamed the scarf by wrapping it with bull clips and cotton thread. I used hollyhock, purple and yellow onion skins, eucalyptus and a tea and rust mixture.
I pre-mordanted the scarf in alum.
To give the scarf some stiffness, I used a spray starch.
It's a dream to wear and adds a dressiness to my usual very casual wardrobe.