Let's start with the eucalyptus dyeing. Here are some shots of my first dye at home which was way back on 07 August (seems ages ago). I am in love with this process and am starting to get in the habit of popping something in the dye bath at least once every 8 - 10 days. I'm hoping to reduce that to every 4 - 7 days. I'd love to do it every day, but other things have been calling. The plan is to make and sell some scarves for Christmas, plus the gifts for family and friends.
I bought an old cream blanket from the Salvos. My grandfather's old camp oven (seen with my great grandmother's jam spoon) was just big enough to accommodate the large rolled & bound bundle. I boiled it for many hours and let it steep for a couple of days. Opening it was truly a wonderful surprise. It has so much depth and detail, it's wonderful. It will become my new winter coat. Hopefully I've have it sewn up in the next couple of weeks. I found some gorgeous musk coloured raw silk in my stash that will be the lining. It's already cut and ready to sew. I must admit that India also inspired me to make such a coat. Se has the most amazing one with a beautiful velvet collar (inspired by Keanu Reaves' jacket in The Matrix). We all get our inspiration from somewhere!