26 April 2012

here comes the sun !

It's on a dark, rainy & windy day that I appropriately choose to introduce the lastest naturally dyed scacrves ! If your corner of the world has been dark or rainy lately, these scarves are totally for you ! They are like sunshine around the neck !


here comes the sun !



From top to bottom :
- cotton gauze scarf dyed with fennel greens
- cotton gauze scarf dyed with Italian buckthorn leaves & drupes (rhamnus alaternus)
- cotton batiste scarf dyed with fennel greens
- cotton batiste scarf dyed with fennel greens too
- cotton batiste scarf dyed with Italian buckthorn leaves bundled up (which left dark traces, which you can see better below)


So, fennel dyed scarves were dyed with wild fennel greens (the tender ones that come before the strong stem starts growing). And the Italian buckthorn dyed scarves were dyed with the leaves & drupes (berrries). Both grows equally abundantly in local wild areas. (they are totally not endangered, I mean)

The last scarf at the bottom is dear to my heart, I loved the print the leaves left. I bundled the leaves (after I used them for making the dyebath), tied & dyed the scarf like that. The print is all over the scarf but has that irregular charm that steals my heart. (note to self : make an extra one for myself, next time !) So in order of appearance on the stack above, here they are :

here comes the sun !

here comes the sun !

here comes the sun !

here comes the sun !

here comes the sun !

here comes the sun !

here comes the sun !

here comes the sun !

here comes the sun !

here comes the sun !


As you can see, they go pretty well with naby blue or chambray blue, but would go equally good with grey or peachy pink tops !

They are already in the shop for you to look at, but they will be available for purchase tonight at 10pm GMT, aka 10pm Paris time (the hour of the day that I think gives a chance to everyone on this planet to be able to be awake !) (so that it's morning in Australia, late evening in Europe & afternoon in Northern America, approximately)

I showed on my regular blog a while ago a sneek peek about how I planned to make the wrapping for the naturally dyed items bought from the shop. Since I have already shipped the two pink scarves that sold last week, I can show you now.

I wanted to make a wrapping that echoed the naturally dyed items it would hold. A wrapping that you wouldn't throw away, even to the recycle bin. A wrapping just as beautiful as what it would hold. A wrapping you would happily reuse for yourself or for gifting something to someone. A sustainable kind of wrapping. So now, each time I dyed new materials (scarves & more), I also dye fabrics for making these pouches. Therefore along with the dyeings, the pouches will come in many colors. For the moment, I have pouches dyed with avocado skins, with onion peels, with rosemary leaves, with fennel greens, with Italian buckthorn leaves & drupes.

Each pouch is naturally tie-dyed, and machine sewn. A hemp cord helps tighting the closure, and a tiny wooden bead (coming from a belt I bought in a thrift shop in Canada when visiting my dear friend Margie in 2011) makes the last touch.

naturally tie-dyed pouches

naturally tie-dyed pouches

naturally tie-dyed pouches



And if you really wonder about the details ... the tie-dyed outside fabric is cotton & bought many years ago (but never got to make anything with it until now), the floral fabric part was a Laura Ashley bed sheet (bought many years ago too), and it is lined with a cotton batiste (undyed) fabric. And is stamped very discretly with my logo.

You will find more details about the size etc directly in the shop. This post got long & chatty enough I think !
Thank you for your interest & for stopping by today !

4 comments:

  1. These are just beautiful!!! Congratulations!

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  2. I love the gentle sunny yellows that come fron natural dyes too. Have never thought to try rosemary, that looks like a really good green.

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  3. Beautiful! I love beautiful scarves and the fact that you've thought about the packaging too - it's wonderful. The photos are lovely too, makes the scarves look lovely and cosy.

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