Sunday, March 1, 2015

In the eucalyptus bush 走進桉樹叢

Since years ago I encountered the magic of euc, it almost brightened my days.
 Last Friday during a lunch catch-up with my school mate of salad days, we chatted about our good old days, our passion and the very sweet memories. I said I saw a few special breeds of euc in the flower market. One sort of small leaf shape, one was bigger oval like. They're big bundles and a bit costly but the issue was if they give nice prints?    Since they're uncommon in the our market, I decided to buy for experiments.
桉樹移印染從來不失望, 但 "出色" 與否關乎葉的品種與技巧, 那日與兒時書友午餐後往花墟逛, 喜見稀有品種, 很大束也稍貴, 猶豫會是什麼顏色出現, 既然稀有, 何不買回家一試 ?
好興奮捧回家馬上包扎, 放些胭脂紅染, 煲上兩小時得出以下色調...........
 Back home in an hour I immediately wrapped the bundles.
 While they're in the electric rice cooker set a timer of 2 hours cooking in the cochineal dye bath, I went to another dinner catch-up with a good ex-colleague.
 Back home after dinner, excited for the opening.
Bingo ! It gave color......
 but........ how come the same bundle of the small leaves turned out two different colors - red and khaki? 
 This piece I laid rose petals, rose leaves, oak leaf and the assorted euc

 Another piece with assorted leaves so to make the shades.
 Before and After look
 Most of the new breed euc bundle gives red
 I'm pleased with the outcome of the new breed of euc combined with cochineal dyeing of pink.
 Mogi and I are happy to bury in the euc bush in the fragrance of nature.

 Euc is such a magic to give prints. Apart from buying some special breeds from florist, this is the wild where I collected some windfalls.   I don't know what breeds are those euc. They're narrow and longer.
 I've done so many experiments on different fabric scraps. To make use of them I sewed  tote bags and  pouches. All bags/ purses in the market with prints are only the functional stuff.  If anyone knows the imprints are from the natural leaves pigments and that's the only piece, they may find it unique.  I thank for my friends who appreciate my work and they drive my creation.
 A stack of color brightens my days. Special thanks to my friend Melinda of Obovate Designs who brought me cochineal from the States. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Weaving and felting 紡織與羊毛氈工藝

My series of workshops next month in Shanghai is on the go.  Taking the chance of organiser Edith Cheung's Saori weaving workshop in the NGO St. James Settlement today,  I was invited for a brief introduction of eco print and nuno felt with a bunch of lovely ladies, some of them are volunteers of the Rehabilitation Services for the sheltered workshops for people with disabilities. 
香港Saori 始創人,亦即是安排我三月往上海工坊的紡織專家張西美,今日到聖雅各福群會指導學員織布技巧, 她一同邀請我參觀及讓我簡介植物移印染與羊毛氈工藝製作 .他們對天然樹葉可印出的色調很好奇, 對濕氈也大感興趣, 我即席以現場有的羊毛及剛紡織的線料示範了平面及混纖領飾, 這些在他們的工房隨手可取的物料是很有創作性東西, 我們會互動交流, 不久將安排實驗工坊, 把植物移印染與羊毛氈工藝廣傳社區.

 They're quite impressed with the versatility of wool and the amazing botanical imprints of my samples. 

 After my intro, I tried the Saori weaving.  
 Then cut into straps.  That's part of different yarn weaving textures.
 Edith showed us how to twist to weave again
 She let me do wool felt with the woven yarn
  I laid some wool underneath
 I done the impromptu nuno felt collar in 15 mintures
 Also a flat wool felt with testing of yarn is made
 The colorful collar with different yarns on the ladies looks nice

 I'm happy to interact with these wonderful ladies and we will have sorts of activities arranged to spread eco print and wool felt in the community.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Announcement of giveaway

 Thank you for the overwhelmed responses to my last post of the giveaway of this scarf. 

 With all the comments on my blog, my FB and my FB page, I'm serious in jotting all the names who left comments then drew the winner by the Generator.  

The scarf goes to no. 70. Laila Alice Nielsen who left comments on my FB

Congrats and thank you Laila, I'll contact you for the mailing.

Thanks you for those who has dropped me words for this draw, I promise if you order any items from my ETSY  I will send you along a gift of something I made, be it a flower brooch, a ring, a pin, a small purse or another scarf !  You just have to conver me with the code "Mogi" when you make purchase on ETSY.
Some of my listings on  ETSY
 Today is the 7th day of Lunar New Year, also called "Birthday for Everyone".
Have a good day !

Friday, February 20, 2015

Giveaway - handmade botanical imprinted scarf 送出小小心意

Giveaway, yes this scarf is a giveaway for the person who appreciates handmade.
The silk jersey with leaves imprints and the other side of viscose patterns of tree and birds. 

The reason for the freebie is because now we're in the Lunar New Year mood, I'm happy for the giving. Simply to enter the draw is to leave comments on my blog, if you leave comments on my Facebook Page , share it, like it or conver me on my ETSY, you get more chances to win.  Entrance ends at the night of 25 Feb, that's the 7th day of our New Year and it's called "Birthday for All".
I'll announce the winner on 26 Feb.

Scarf with the leaves picked in my area are boiled and  natural pigments fixed on the silk fabric.  
Two pieces are sewed together  The end of  purple are tie marks from logwood dye pot.

 The two patterns of both sides
 Full look of the viscose side - tree branches and birds.
 Multi-styles - two rounds or draping are nice.

 The unique scarf is packed in a box painted by me.
  In my ETSY there're more choices.  Feel free to browse.
Updated, the draw just ended now at 9:00pm, 25 Feb. Will announce the winner in the next post. Thank you for the viewing.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Paint my purse 我繪我塑羊毛小包包

Today the 19th Feb, we're into the Lunar New Year. Having made a few sheep themed stuff as this is the Year of the Sheep / Goat / Ram. 
桃花樹下喜 "羊羊" - 這是今日羊年伊始的主題羊毛小包包.

 I painted on silk chiffon with acrylic the peach blossom.
 Peach blossom is the main flower of the new year as it symbolize perseverance and reliability
 Everywhere is decorated with new year ambiance.  The area in my place is very atmospheric......
  Drawing on a bank's wall
 Lanterns in the hotel
 That inspired my painting with acrylic on the silk chiffon for the purse making.
 As usual I layered Finn wool then covered with my painted chiffon with two sheep.
 Mogi's a bit puzzled ?!
 Not more than two hours I finished it.  Finn wool is always my fav.  It felts so fast and nicely.
 Front and back of it.  
The back I made the "invisible tube" ........
..... for the belt to insert
 Simply a purse with inner pocket as cosmetic case.
 Or a waist purse for my travel with iPhone, camera and keys.
That's something I made for myself with sheep theme for the new year 
 The purse yet is good for red packets - tradition for the married or senior to give to the younger ones.
 Mogi and I wish you a good day, a prosperous new year !

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