To my surprise, the pine imprints on the "boiled wool" is amazing.
Ever since I returned from Irit Dulman's workshop I almost addicted to pine prints. However not all pines are doable. The other day I strolled with my mother in her area I found a pine tree growing in the crack of the river bank, I picked a little as well some other unknown leaves and a little cypress for experiment.
There're lots of pine trees in Hong Kong but some are too tall to pick, this one is small and easy to reach.
When I back home, couldn't wait to test the leaves. I've no idea of this bush that gives bold and strong prints. Believe it's rich in tannin.
I made a small piece sample test on "boiled wool" with the pines and the "unknown leaves" .
Also test on a silk fabric. Outcome on silk is good but the yellow flowers got no color.
For the "boiled wool", it's bold and strong. The dark shades are due to overlap rolling.
Here are the silk fabrics mirror prints, the middle one is the "boiled wool" .
Alright I can make bigger prints after the positive testing of the pines.
I cut a piece of "boiled wool" size 26" x 50".
The "Before and After" picture.
I put some pines, scattered a little bits of euc silver dollar to make some red spots, a few cypress and that unknown leaves.
Close up of the "Before and After"
Cypress is clear on wool, that's to my surprise. I tried before on silk it's not so delicate.
Cypress is my another fav now
After an hour boiling in clear water, the wool came out perfect prints.
Mogi approves it.
So just a few pine leaves, a few green leaves and bits of euc silver dollar, I made a fabric of my own pattern. Be it a skirt or a wrap, it's my style.
For the test on the silk, I sewed a tote bag with my own made ceramic as closer embellishment.
I'm happy for the leisure time of doing all sorts of experiment, cherish the time with my mother strolling along the river bank, I showed her the kind of leaves may work for my botanical prints. After the walk we have a cappu.
"How delighted mum is !! Mum will show more her pine pattern fashion demo by her exclusive model after the long weekend."
"Have a nice long holiday !!!"