A Daily Blog on Textile and Garden Adventures

26. May, 2022

Each Autumn I try and gather up enough leaves to freeze so that I can continue to have material available over the winter. These are from the small leafed males down the side of the house

25. May, 2022

I will stitch these together by hand They are just stitched up to the edge of the decorative side and then the tope of the "mitre" hat fold inward to a closure at their peaks. I am considering whether i should print something on the grey tips. Maybe I will play around with that a bit

24. May, 2022

I have used the left over acrylic substrate from the piano hinge project and couched fine copper wire in the shape of a koru on this side. I could have used pine needles but I wanted to stay with the idea of bling and an item of extreme value - even though my reliquary is made from reused or recycled materials. One more side to do and I think I am going to stitch copper shim for that one

23. May, 2022

This print is the last of the red abutillon flowers face down and some Tahi mint leaves. both are reliable printers. Red often prints blue in eco dying. The abutillon (Chinese lantern) must be a realtive to the hibiscus - the dark piece toward the centre is the anther but it has made a very pretty print. I assume that the more absorbant paper is the cause of the change in print as this is the only difference between the first run and the second. While plants vary in print seasonally it is only about 3 weeks between the print runs and I do not think that would make such a significant change

22. May, 2022

Because i am aiming at making a standalone, hinged display of the eco prints I decided to make it double sided. the copper sulphate mordant, ferrous sulphur stamp pad dip and use of the heat press remained the same as the previous session but this time I used a different paper. Previous prints were done on a hot pressed 300 gsm quite high quality paper. This time I used a cold pressed 280 gsm paper. I noticed straight away that the copper mordant immersion soaked into the paper much more and I had to spend more time blotting the paper dry before setting up the composition. This is the same dark red camelia used in the previous session with small leafed maple. The flower print is much more intense with a green tinge inside the blue outline. Very pretty