Monthly Archives: September 2014

leaf markings from gingko biloba

Hi, I am back with Gingko, which is one of my favorite plant material. Gingko biloba or maidenhair is a deciduous tree with fan-shaped leaves that turns golden-yellow in autumn. The female tree bears a soft yellowish fruit that smells … Continue reading

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a gift of indigo

A friend from my knitting group, who was moving out-of-town, called me to drop by her house to pick up a gift she had for me. I was surprised when she handed me a bucket of her indigo vat dye, … Continue reading

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a shift dress in fall colors

I eco printed this dress with dried eucalyptus leaves and fresh Agonis, and over dyed it in brazilwood dye bath. The dried leaves were pre-soaked in some water before printing. I am thrilled with the result and happy to share. *Unauthorized … Continue reading

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color palette from leaves

As summer moves on and fall rapidly approaches, the foliage on deciduous trees has begun to change colors and shortly they will become the focus of attention signaling that autumn is here. During this time, something magical and delightful happens to the leaves of … Continue reading

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natural dyeing, seeded eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is one of my favorite medium and I used it frequently in my work. I am fortunate to have access to a few eucalyptus trees in my neighborhood, and hiking trails where it take me through lots of them. … Continue reading

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natural dyeing, starburst honey locust

There was this gorgeous looking tree growing in front of my friend’s house. It’s funny, as I’ve been to her house a couple of times, and didn’t notice it before. I asked her the name and origin of the tree, and she told me it is a Starburst … Continue reading

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luna top, sewing pattern

One Sunday morning, I woke up with this crazy idea about making a garment with 3 holes. I told John about it and he gave me a puzzled look. So, without a moment wasted, I got out of bed  and … Continue reading

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natural dyeing, annato

This post is inspired by a culinary spice. Annato seeds, or achiote is indigenous to Latin and South America. It is used both as a culinary spice and as a dyestuff. The fruit is covered with thick spiky hairs and inside the fruit are … Continue reading

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colors from safflower

Safflower (carthamus tinctorius) is a tall plant with spiky leaves, and thistle like flowers. It is a hardy plant with attractive flowers in deep orange and yellow. Safflower is widely grown and commercially cultivated for vegetable oil, which was extracted from the … Continue reading

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