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Home, natural dyeing/printing, unexpected presentation taking up my time…..

Home, natural dyeing/printing, unexpected presentation taking up my time…..

I’m home safely after a wonderful time in California! It was great to be back at The Tin Thimble catching up with old friends both before, during and after the three days of workshops plus put faces to the friends I’ve previously been in touch with through the blog, FB and various other forms of social media, I’m not going to mention everyone by name but you all know who you are!!! My intention had been to write a long and proper post yesterday about the workshops and my trip with Merridee and Keith to Lake Tahoe, unfortunately I just don’t have the time so apologies in advance to those of you who were expecting all the low down about the exciting work that was created during my three days of teaching. An unexpected opportunity arose while I was away (thanks Paula for getting in touch to alert me!) so yesterday I had to make a presentation in relation to an exciting art project and this morning I got a call asking me to come back in tomorrow and discuss a few of the points raised during this session. Fingers crossed everything will work out, I’ll keep you posted once I know the outcome!

My own naturally printed chiffon with goodies I bought at The Tin Thimble, glass beads by Toni Lutman and beautiful hand dyed merino by Carin Engen and Laurie Simoni

As regards other work since I’ve been home I printed two lengths of silk chiffon on Monday evening then last night I filled two pots with silk and leaves in preparation for a natural printing and dyeing session today. One of the pots contained a tea solution, the other a vinegar and water mix. I’ve now bundled everything up and all the pieces are simmering on the Rayburn, most of the bundles contain a variety of eucalyptus leaves but two I wrapped using Cotinus leaves from my garden. I also sprinkled some of the fabric with tea leaves and wrapped one of the pieces in rusty metal, I LOVE opening these bundles, pictures next time, I promise. During my stay in CA I spent time with Merridee, Sharon and Nika Ivanoff experimenting more with this method of colouring fabric, thanks Nika for the wonderful leaves you brought last Saturday for us all to share not to mention the wine, chocolate and strawberries, we loved them all!!!

Emma and I are just sorting out dates for workshops in The Tin Thimble again next spring, keep an eye out over the next week or so as we hope to have everything sorted by then!

Nicola Brown
  • Ammi Brooks
    Posted at 18:06h, 10 October Reply

    Hi Nicola…You are inspiring. Have you ever used Morning Glory leaves?

    • Nicola
      Posted at 18:31h, 12 October Reply

      Hi Ammi, not yet as they’re not easy to get here, have you???

  • Feltsoright
    Posted at 11:25h, 11 October Reply

    You are busier than a beaver…Guess I don’t have to worry about you getting into any trouble…Not enough time;-)) So glad that you had such a fantastic time in California. Love your purchases from the Tin Thimble…Gorgeous!

    We need to put our heads together to get your dates here, too….Before you get all booked up;-)

    Big hugs,

    • Nicola
      Posted at 18:30h, 12 October Reply

      Let’s chat at the beginning of the week Dawn!!! X

  • Ammi Brooks
    Posted at 20:37h, 13 October Reply

    I haven’t tried it yet. I’m thinking soon…as my morning glory’s only have a few weeks left. Such beautiful shapes. I usually use silk…but I have some cotton gauze I’m thinking of using.

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