Monthly Archives: August 2014

natural dyeing, brazilwood

It’s the end of august already? How time flies–it seems to me as I am getting of age, each passing day goes by ever so quickly. When I was a teenager growing up in Malaysia, I always wondered why it … Continue reading

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combos colors in purple and yellow

Turmeric (circuma longa), is a rhizome and it belongs to the ginger family. The root is use as a culinary spice to flavor curries, preserve foods, and as a medicinal herb. It is believed that the roots, has an anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant … Continue reading

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natural dyeing, purple in logwood

Logwood tree, (Haematoxylon campechianum), is the heartwood of a tree that was used for a long time as a natural source for dyeing and staining hunting traps. The trees grow in Central and South America, parts of Brazil and India. Logwood chips harvested … Continue reading

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buzzing summer

  This summer, I have been putting my sewing machine into good use. It is an older Singer sewing machine with tabletop and detachable discs for various types of stitch patterns. I had it for almost 10 years now–I remembered walking into a thrift store … Continue reading

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lagenlook, easy peasy

The word, Lagen-look, literally means layered look in German. It is a European style of dressing by wearing different layers and lengths of clothing according to the seasons; such as lightweight fabrics in the summer, and thicker and heavier fabrics … Continue reading

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leaf markings, exbucklandia populnea

Being a member of the UC Botanical Gardens has it perks–I get to see and learn about the rare and unusual plants from different parts of the world; walk through different sections of the garden’s landscape; take endless pictures and jotting down … Continue reading

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freshly dyed, eco markings

A quick post before we drive to Monterey, on the pacific coast for the weekend. I found this weed growing in our backyard, creeping on my citrus and tomato plants. It has small white trumpet flowers growing on thin stems. I checked my … Continue reading

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sun kissed dyeing with amaranth

A weekend harvest from the few rows of amaranth gave me lots of seeds and flowers for this project. Amaranthus, or Amaranth comes from the Greek word which means non-fading, as its flowers heads last a long time. It is … Continue reading

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opening a gift from the sun

Following up last month’s post on solar dyeing, I left a few glass jars filled with coreopsis and eucalyptus in the sun. Today, I went to open the jars and found the bundles all mushy and smell funny. I think it is because I … Continue reading

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natural dyeing, cotton and linen

A good friend asked me if I have had good experience with natural dyeing with cotton fabric. I told her that I had some bad ones and a few fair to good results. Unlike silk, wool, mohair, and alpaca which are classified as protein … Continue reading

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