Sunday, December 21, 2014

Beautiful table setting , enjoy your meal!

Time flies it's drawing to the close of 2014. This is my 402nd post since 2010. Thank you for following me and all the comments.  Your stopping-by means to me. I write about my cat Mogi to felt making then botanical prints.  All these generated your interest. My hats off to you.  Now that December is the month for family dinners. We'll have Solstice dinner and Christmas dinner as well.  Having a table setting with natural printed setting would be such a beautiful presentation on any occasions.  This set I used the bright red eucalyptus and a little eucalyptus tree barks intended to make it simple and clear.
 Table runner is 72" (184cm) long enough for a long table.
 I laid on the pure wool flannel. Mogi's such a good observer.
 Upon his approval I bundled and boiled it.
 Two kinds of euc, one round silver dollar and the other unknown species.
Before and after
 Tree barks and other ecu gave brownish.
 I sewed on the dark brown fabric made it a nice set.
 Mainly two parts of prints - upper one with a little casaurina pines, the bottom part of barks.

 Hang it with a tree branch it's a wall hanging.
 Though Mogi is more interested in the living plant, the botanical printed fabric, be it a wall hanging ........
  a table runner or a dresser runner, it's a pretty natural home decor.
 "Boy, behave !  Please wait to be seated."

The table runner is available in my ETSY shop here
The table placemats are available in my ETSY shop here

My friends, enjoy your meal and have a festive season !!
Happy Holiday !!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Barks and leaves prints 樹皮配葉印畫

 Eucalyptus printing is such fun to play with.  We can make color from barks to leaves.
Come and have tea.  I show  you the brief making of the placemats.
從樹皮到葉子每片都 "出色" , 桉樹 (尤加利) 由始都是我的至愛植染, 加上印在羊毛绒布上更明顯, 做了四片同系墊子或作掛畫, 
對著墊子, 一口清茶, 讚嘆桉印染的奧妙........
 See that impatient brat...... but he's my good company for shots.
 The wool flannel is a wonderful fabric to take the pigment. So I put the euc leaves and tree barks to form my desired layout.
 After 1.5 hours bundle boiling,  came out quite bold prints but too plain.
So, I put a few pine needles and rose leaves to make a better look.  The right one is the outcome.
 Same for the the above one and the other two pieces, I put the same pines and rose leaves to change the look.  They're boiled again for another hour.
 Then came out better and I back each with dark brown fabric.
 Sewed the fabric with the printed wool flannel.
(Have to bear with this brat even in my cramped workspace)
Made a set of four different layout botanical printed placemats.
Thought it also looks good as wall hanging.
Eucalyptus is such a pretty tree to give different shades and shapes of prints.  Loving it.....
Fingers crossed if I put this set on my ETSY or for a planned project coming soon.
"Behave brat !"
But he's sometimes such a great observant !!
I'm making another piece of wall hanging used pine needles and euc for the layout.
Stay tuned for my next post.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Can't resist the bounty of nature 大自然的色調怎能抗拒

 I said I was tired of eco prints and need a break. As I wanted to learn acrylic painting for the colourful instant outcome.  However not long for a while I can't resist the bounty of nature and done a few again.
 For the few sessions of learning I enjoyed so much the colors playing.  In the meantime........

 the day after strong wind I passed by the bush of eucalyptus I found lots of wind blown branches with buds on the ground.  
Can't resist to take home otherwise it would be disposed of.
On my Friday hiking last I also found some windfalls of euc and some local sweet gum.
Our sweet gum are still green because of warm weather.
Can't resist to do again eco prints.  Put a few pines, some euc and a rose.
After two hours of bundle boiling of the wool flannel, opened with delight.
The bright and bold of eco collected on Friday hiking
The buds of this euc are brown. I never know which one gives red or brown as they're picked on ground. That's the challenge!
Rose petals purple as wished
I lined with backing then a wall hanging or a table runner is made.
Clos up of the prints..... Casaurina pines and euc.
Rose petals and rose leaves

Euc with buds 

Approved by Mogi
Territorial Mogi, he owns everything!  Whatever new stuff I put on the floor he occupies it right away.
Before and After
This is another printing with local sweet gum and the euc with smaller buds. I'll make it another tapestry.
Fresh buds are rare to get thanks to strong wind I can pick from ground.
I used some other euc with iron mordant to make my Tuscany theme. Another prints to follow later.
"Mum said she can't resist the bounty of nature and will do constantly eco prints while learning colorful painting. Enjoy your cappu and thanks for stopping by"

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