Category Archives: wearable art

busy as a bee

I am excited to be selected as a vendor at the Bedford Gallery Craft Fest event this November 7th and 8th. Following the Craft Fest, I will at the Mistletoe Madness show in San Leandro (November 28). I have plenty of … Continue reading

Posted in announcement, craft shows, dyeing, eco printing, shibori, wearable art | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

indigo dyed dress

This is the dress made from a fabric that was dyed and contact printed with botanicals and then pre-cut for a dress,  as described in last week’s post; “before and after“. This past weekend I assembled the dress that you see below. I love … Continue reading

Posted in dyeing, eco printing, sewing project, wearable art | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

before and after

In this post, I am sharing with you a two-step process using a plain silk fabric that was first dyed blue in indigo vat dye; and then contact printed the dyed fabric with plant materials to create an interesting design … Continue reading

Posted in dyeing, eco printing, wearable art | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

TGIF, friday’s necktie

Many companies have casual Fridays, if you still feel the need to wear a tie, this is the tie to wear. Trust me, no one else will be sporting a tie like this and the women at work will be … Continue reading

Posted in dyeing, eco printing, wearable art | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

contact prints on leggings

I was out last weekend to shop for some leggings. With luck, I also found some plain white tights. They are just perfect for this idea that I had in mind for some time to try printing on synthetic fiber (blend … Continue reading

Posted in dyeing, wearable art | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

yellow and green shibori

This is the concluding post of my dye experiment using tansy flowers. See my previous posts: “yellow from my dye pot, and mordant testing on tansy dye bath.”  For this part of the experiment,  I started with two silk scarves that were … Continue reading

Posted in dyeing, shibori, wearable art | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

natural dyeing, lac

Laccifer or Kerria Lacca or Lac is a parasitic scale bug that feeds on the sap of certain tropical trees and secretes a sticky resin. The resin-like secretion hardens when exposed to air; it forms a protective crust around the insect as it dines on … Continue reading

Posted in dyeing, shibori, wearable art | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

dyeing with bleach

Here’s another one of my dabblings– transforming an old garment using bleach, a simple household item to create an interesting surface design of fabric. So, why black? Though black is the absence of all colors, as a pigment it is often … Continue reading

Posted in dyeing, repurpose clothing, shibori, wearable art | Tagged , , , , | 6 Comments

eco dyed and stitched

I made this sleeveless dress top for myself over the weekend. It is a simple design with an elastic neckline. The fabric is silk twill, a light weight material with a smooth and silky surface. The fabric was first eco-printed with Dyer’s chamomile … Continue reading

Posted in dyeing, eco printing, garden, sewing project, wearable art | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

bounty from the garden

Thanks to the lovely spring weather, the flowers are blooming in our garden. I am happy that the glorious season of sunshine is upon us. We’ve been in drought conditions for the past few years, so despite all the sunshine, I hope … Continue reading

Posted in dyeing, eco printing, garden, seasons, sewing project, wearable art | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments