And now to dyeing.
Well, I've been in a creative whirlwind for the last few months. It's FANTASTIC. I don't think I've created so many things in such a short period for many years.
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!
Kylie Rose McLean
I love creating, turning my ideas into reality, being challenged, and immersed in realising an idea. In these moments I am absorbed, inspired and wrapped in my own world. It's wonderful!