staying warm and cozy

Following up from my last post on shawl wraps I’ve made for the cold weather, here are two more. The first one is made with a combination of eucalyptus, California pepper tree, or Shinus molle, and casuarina pine needles.

L-R: California pepper tree, eucalyptus cinerea, casuarina pines, and eucalyptus polyanthemos

In this close up you can see the details that each of the leaves creates. The eucalyptus leaves dominates that pattern, the more numerous brownish green leaves are from young, recently harvested eucalyptus, whereas the larger, bright reddish orange color is achieved by using older and dried eucalyptus leaf. The casuarina pine needles create the “connect-the-dots” pattern that you see gently curving up from the bottom left to upper right side of this picture. Finally, the California pepper tree leaves create the spotted grey pattern you see on the right. You can see another example of the California pepper tree leaf here.

Close up view of #3, Aurelia (Latin name for golden, and the colors of fall)

display of prints made with 2 types of eucalyptus

close-up view of leaves arrangement depicts shape of an oval face

closer view of eucalyptus and casuarine pine prints

vibrant fan-shaped eucalyptus leaf

full length view of shawl wrap

This second piece is made with casuarina pine needles and eucalyptus.

L-R: casuarina pines, eucalyptus polyanthemos

Close up view of #4, Aspen (Aspens are poplar trees with dazzling fall foliage in shades of yellow and gold)

casuarina pines with eucalyptus

side view of shawl wrap

center view of shawl wrap, with striking red from eucalyptus cinerea

full length view of shawl wrap

side view of shawl wrap

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16 Responses to staying warm and cozy

  1. Valerie Bashaw says:

    These patterns are incredibly pretty, love the pine tracings and the bright red too. Congrats!!


  2. Daniella amit says:

    Magnificent !


  3. morgenmaker says:

    I’m so envious of the kinds of plants you can get which we do not get here in Canada, and the length of your season for ecoprinting seems year round whereas our’s is not long. Beautiful work as usual.


    • mltai says:

      Hi morgenbardati, Yes I am truly blessed for that over here in California. Each has it benefit–Canada is famous for its maple leaf. If you ever coming my way, be sure to bring some home. ❤

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  4. Brigid says:

    Such a beautiful result. I’ve been experimenting but don’t seem to get such strong colours. Could I ask how you bundle the fabric. Do you use a piece of flat wood or just use string to bundle? Love your work


  5. Veronica Roth says:

    Both those shawls are lovely Melinda. I was so surprised and happy to come across the eucalyptus you use, (at least I think it’s the one you use), at the florist’s stall at the market. And so now I can go experiment with it. Still have to figure out this Mordant thing, but it’s a lot of fun trying. Hope your week is a lovely and sunny one full of happy times. 😀


  6. jayne wilson says:

    Could I ask what you are mordant in your wool with?? Your results are gorgeous!


  7. Linda St Angelo says:

    so is it the older dried leaves that give that beautiful red color? I have tried eucalyptus off the trees, and get a green color, not red. Your work is so beautiful by the way. I have thoroughly enjoyed all your photo’s and comments.


    • mltai says:

      thank you Linda, I do sometimes get light prints from eucalyptus especially the younger leaves. Eucalyptus is best colors in dry and hot summer. Some variety gives lovely orange red regardless if dried or fresh. I prefer to use both.


      • Linda St Angelo says:

        The reason I ask this question, is that I am moving to northern New Mexico where it freezes in the winter, so there are not eucalyptus trees. I now live in California, and have several types of eucalyptus trees in my back yard. We are moving in three weeks and I have taken a garbage bag and started filling it with leaves blown on the ground and the dried buds. I have usually just used the leaves directly from the tree, fresh, and have not used the dried ones. I am hoping the dried leaves work just as well because I am determined to stock up. I will take a truckload of necessary, or if they work. ha ha


      • mltai says:

        good for you your, the dried ones unless not brittle is worth a try


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