Tag Archives: raw silk

natural dyeing, pecan

This will be my first post for year 2015. Wishing all my readers a peaceful and joyous New Year! Over the Christmas holidays, I found a pecan tree on my walk home from the library. It was quite by accident actually, as … Continue reading

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starburst, onion skin shibori

The onion is highly nutritious as it is rich in vitamins, fiber, and minerals. An old remedy that I’d heard was to place half an onion next to the bedside table of someone who is sick to keep the germs away. … Continue reading

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natural dyeing, eucalyptus sideroxylon

Last week, I discovered a medium sized eucalyptus tree at the corner of the parking lot of a nearby shopping center. I walked closer to have a good look. To my surprise, it is a Red Ironbark (Eucalyptus sideroxylon), a … 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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redbud tree

This shrub reminds me of basket weaving. Several years ago, I took a class in Pomo Indian basket weaving at a local recreational park. For materials, the ranger took us to the fields to gather sedge roots and redbud stems. The plant materials are cleaned, and … Continue reading

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little experiment

A snippet of past experiments on silk with various botanical found locally in my area and our garden. *Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts … Continue reading

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weekly bundle: fall leaves in gold

Osage orange is an interesting fruit with a bumpy exterior. Not to be mistaken by it’s name, Osage orange is not related to the orange or citrus family. It belongs to the mulberry family, Moraceae. Osage orange is commonly used for natural … Continue reading

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weekly bundle: table linens, rustic and natural

The texture of raw silk or silk noil is nubbly and feels a bit rough to touch as it has tiny kinks on its natural off-white surface. Don’t let this one go by without giving it much credit. It is … Continue reading

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weekly bundle: fun and flirty dress

I made this dress for myself after dyeing the material with eucalyptus leaves and lichen. The material I used was silk noir or raw silk. It is a nubby fabric with flecks on both sides. Raw silk is 100% natural and … Continue reading

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