Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Play the magic wand.... 魔法一變 ....



Idea came from Heather's eco dye purse (Heather's blog) we done with Nicola Brown in Portugal,  The outcome of prints on wool was impressive so I made my own with the eucalyptus leaves and rose leaves last weekend.  
Eucalyptus Cinerea is my fav. It gives bold and bright red/orange color. 
桉樹葉就是那麼神奇, 有一種我們在香港花店很便宜的花材尤加利更是我的最愛, 且看我如何把弄印在剛從葡萄牙學會做的 "一件頭" 雙面手袋上. 
The reversible bag has different prints in and out with rose leaves and two kinds of eucalyptus leaves.  Unexpected outcome I've ever done.

 I'm really so happy with this and love to share.  See the pic. how it is made.
After the wool felt purse was made, I soaked in diluted vinegar for a few hours
 before laying the leaves.

Put some euc cinerea leaves inside the purse (sandwich) and a little on the surfaces.   The narrow euc leaves were windfalls after strong wind in my area. It's a "treasure" to get the green leaves since we're not allowed to pluck.
I covered the purse surface with kitchen wrap and bundled. Brought to boil and simmered for 45-min. Left in a thermo pot overnight (keep hot for some more hours). 

See the leaves prints from laying out, then boiled to finished.
 The reversible purse has both inside & outside prints also back & front.

Rose leaves are not so bright but still clear outlines, contrast with euc cinerea bright red. 
Fresh euc cinerea leaves are silver-green and smaller. 
I scattered them over the wool surface and put the euc barks to make the branches. also the euc buds. Amazingly the color is very bold and bright.


Reverse inside out.

A full look with two flaps.

Back side.

With flap down.
Reverse inside out.

Because this is a reversible purse I haven't yet decided how to put the button on. May attach my handmade ceramic button like this.
From plain to bright in 24 hours.

A reversible purse with both looks !  I love the bright orange !
When I see orange color I think of "orange lover" Heather. I showed her blog of wool ring making to my colleague L.  She said orange was her cup of tea and would like to learn.  I'd offer a free session for colleagues to make this cute little thing if time suits.  Before that this little ring goes to L.
My hats off  to Nicola Brown who's so generous to show us how to make all sorts of wool stuff.  I love the rings and have made some for giveaways.  The bigger white one can be a scarf "clip".
Linking with Wow Us Wednesdays.

21 comments:

  1. Beautiful work. I like your orange printing very much.

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  2. Wonderful euca colors and a handbag which can not get borring!

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  3. Terriea--What an amazing purse you made...I just love it!!!!!
    The brilliant prints from eucalyptus leaves are just wonderful. Congratulations!
    The rings are terrific, too (especially the boingy bits on the orange one).
    XXO-

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  4. oh my gosh Terrie this is amazing, just beautiful, you are so talented, wow!

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  5. The printing on the bag is gorgeous, and it will be so much fun to carry it and use it!

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  6. Beautiful bag. Love that there are prints inside and out and back and front. The orange is very striking.

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  7. The prints in every part of the bag are wonderful!!! What a stupendous project, Terrie and great photos of the steps! Thank you!

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  8. Absolutely gorgeous! You do such lovely work.

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  9. Gorgeous!!! Absolutely gorgeous!! The patterns are so crisp and beautiful! Well done Terrie!!

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  10. Wonderful purse! Thanks for sharing the process with us - your use of color and balance is perfect. I love the idea of using the rings as scarf clips.

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  11. Beautiful Terrie! Such lovely clear outlines and colours.
    Thank you for sharing these detailed steps for how you do your eco dyeing.. I 'had a go' last week with not so good results, can't wait to try again now.
    x

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    1. Kind of leaves and fabrics are the main point. Do on wool usually have nice result. Mordorated with vinegar helps. Hope you'd try and enjoy it.

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  12. It's absolutely beautiful. Wonderful job.

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  13. Thank you for secrets eko print

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  14. This is amazing. Do we have to use wool? It's very hot over here so could we apply the same technique to cotton fabrics? :-)

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    1. Thanks Agy. Wool and silk take plants color bold and sharp. Cotton can do with some sorts of leaves as well. You may try rust or iron prints and dyeing.

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  15. How long do the colors stay vibrant? Are they still that red?

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    1. Becky, euc on wool is substansive dye and last very very long or forever. Yes, it's the same bold and strong red.

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  16. Beautiful -- and so clever to put the flowers on the inside and out!

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