Nicola Brown | My pine needle scarf and some more natural printing/dyeing
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My pine needle scarf and some more natural printing/dyeing

My pine needle scarf and some more natural printing/dyeing

I had a lovely day yesterday learning Leiko Uchi’s pine needle technique. My biggest worry was that I would find laying out the ‘needles’ difficult and time consuming, instead, while they did take a lot of time in preparation the task was neither boring nor frustrating at all!

My finished pine needle scarf!

Seeing all Leiko’s beautiful samples spurred me on and I was thrilled by the end of the day with my beautiful, soft and ultra flexible scarf. It was also fascinating working with materials I don’t often carry in stock, gorgeous gold coloured 50/50 silk/ultrafine merino tops, a rich green 40/60 blend and a dark green plain merino for the body of the scarf. Leiko dyed all these fibres herself and I loved the sympathetic way the colours all blended together. The piece was laid out measuring 2.70m (a tad under 9 feet) and ended up after felting at 1.6m (just over 5 feet), a lot of shrinkage!!! Because I laid a very fine gold line around the edge of one side and two different ends for interest, this scarf may be worn in loads of ways! Check out my new facebook album for more pictures and the details.

It was a little breezy this morning taking pictures but a few people were asking for pictures of the silk I printed and dyed last week. Here are just two pictures, a rolled edge chiffon scarf that will be left as is and a length of ponge silk which I’m going to nuno felt later in the week, both were dyed using a selection of eucalyptus leaves, onion skins and rusty metal.

Rolled edge silk chiffon scarf printed and dyed using eucalyptus leaves, onion skins and rusty metal

Ponge silk printed and dyed using eucalyptus leaves, onion skins and rusty metal

Nicola Brown
  • kwinter12
    Posted at 12:26h, 14 November Reply

    Nicola – these are all beautiful! I must put a date in the diary to come over sometime next year to learn more about these techniques!

  • paula sheridan
    Posted at 12:37h, 14 November Reply

    Love the pine needle scarf Nicola. All those prickles sound uncomfortable, but the end result (minus the needles!) is stunning!

  • Terrie
    Posted at 12:38h, 14 November Reply

    All are amazing. The new skill of felting is unique and the two dyed scarves are so pretty. Love the graduating color

  • Lyn
    Posted at 13:13h, 14 November Reply

    I really like your pine needle scarf!

  • Marette
    Posted at 14:59h, 14 November Reply

    Absolutely beautiful!

  • Cedar
    Posted at 16:07h, 14 November Reply

    Lovely scarves, the new green one is wonderful, as I was walking up from the garden the ground was covered in newly fallen pine needles from a recent wind storm, and I thought of Leiko’s work .the ground looked like a piece of your scarf!

  • FeltsorightD
    Posted at 20:42h, 14 November Reply

    Oh, you two are having way too much fun…I am green with envy…the same color as your pine needle scarf (which is gorgeous). Well, back out to my studio…all by my lonesome…Can’t even talk Yogi into joining me ;-(

    Big hugs,

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