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Exhibition and Sale at Euroa

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Euroa leafletI am one member of the Natural Wonders. We are a group who have been working with local flora to produce Dyes and Prints on fabrics and fibres. On the last weekend of October we are holding an exhibition and sale in The Old Flour Mill 17 Kirkland St Euroa. The Old Flour Mill is on the Western side of Kirkland St. The Caravan Park is to the East.

There will be up-cycled garments, fabric vessels, coiled baskets, journals, scarves, handbags, brooches and framed works. We are aiming to have lots of items under $50. This will cover those looking for lovely gifts and keepsakes of Australian flora. The inspiration for the works has begun with the eco dyeing, however other colours and fibres have been introduced to complement the designs.

I have been dyeing cords and threads in the eco dye pots. Besides using the threads in my hand-stitching, I have added them to the coiled baskets.


Eco dyed coil basket

Eco dyed coil basket

This little coil basket/pot has had the cord dyed with gum leaves and copper mordant. Extra threads have been wound around the cord as I have sewn it together. I finished off the pot with a free-motion stitched gum leaf, stitched over pieces of eco dyed silk. In some of the other bowls, I have put silk gum leaves on the inside.


Coil baskets inside view


In one of the bowls, the design has been created with Inktense pencils, two others have silk gum leaves added.

On the fabric vessels, the silks and cottons have been eco dyed. The shape has been constructed with bag felt. This makes sewing easier, as the machine needle copes with the density of the bag felt. Some other things I tried did not work so well or, whilst the machine needle might go through, hand stitching was a problem. These two vessels have been designed to reflect the flora used in their creation.

Silk fabric vessels

Silk fabric vessels

Flora Designs.

The vessel on the left, has a southern blue gum design worked over it. This particular gum prints and dyes beautifully. The leaves can be over 30 cm long and lend themselves to exciting designs.

The silvery vessel has been dyed with Banksia blossoms. Once the blossoms have turned brown they pull apart easily and the little stamens give a lovely print. I have machine stitched (free motion) the design around the vessel. The bright russet inside the seed pods is a rayon thread.


eco dyed vessels


The little bowls can be used for Jewellery, keepsakes and treasures. The fabric vessels can be enjoyed as artworks and/or slip in a glass to hold flowers.

The exhibition is open from 10 am Р4 pm. It adjoins an eatery so drop in to view our artworks and then enjoy a coffee and cake.

Fabric Vessels

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Fuchsia gumThis week I took some of my fabric vessels out to the Stonehouse Gallery in Warrandyte. These vessels are created by spreading fabric over bag felt and embellishing the sides with my artwork. The bag felt gives the vessel structure to stand. The fabrics used are all eco dyed and printed. These are mainly silk with some cotton. Some designs are completely abstract, others have a theme. The two I took to the Stonehouse feature Australian flora.

One features a grass tree and stringy bark trees from the Warby Ranges in Northeast Victoria.

The second has the Fuchsia gum leaves and blossom around it.Grass treeOn the other side of the vessel I have shown the stringy bark trunks in the bush.

Stringy bark treesRocks and grasses have been created around the lower edge.

The following images show the Fuchsia gum.

Fuchsia gum another view

Fuchsia gum close-up