Posts Tagged ‘eco dyes lino cuts’

New designs

Wednesday, August 10th, 2022

New designs are now at The Stonehouse Gallery in Warrandyte. I have been creating new vessels using fabrics dyed and printed using local gum leaves. The fabrics are chiefly silks. The first vessel has gum blossoms and leaves spread over it. The second vessel highlights the beautiful gum leaf prints with Kantha stitch embellishment.

Eco dyed vessels.

Use the vessels purely for decorative purposes or, place a glass inside, and put in fresh or dried gum leaves or flowers.

Silk Scarves.

For their delicious textile exhibition, The Stonehouse Gallery asked for some eco dyed scarves. On some I hand stitched beautiful pieces of silk onto the scarves. On the one featured, I hand stitched a Kantha stitch around the beautiful gum leaf prints.

Silk Scarf

Phone and Glasses Pouches.

These little pouches can be used for glasses, keys, cards and phone. There is one pocket with a button or Velcro fastening and another pocket at the front for slipping in your glasses. The strap is long enough to be slipped over your shoulder. As my strong interest is the Australian flora and fauna this again, features in my designs. A number have been hand-painted with Lumiere paint. This has a pearly finish. The pouches are washable.

Hand painted pouches.

Further pouches feature my screen prints and lino cuts.


Wattle design using Lumiere. Wombats screen print. Honey possum lino cut print.

More pouches were created featuring the eco prints. These are mainly on seedy silk. Silk and wool in particular, take the eco prints well.

Eco Dyed Phone pouch.
eco dyed pouches

The colours of the various leaves differ, depending on the time of year the leaves were found. The straps are made from cord I dyed at the same time as the silks.

The prices of the pouches $25. Prices of the vessels range from $95 to $75. The silk scarves are $75.

Exhibition at Chandlers Cottage.

Tuesday, March 16th, 2021

From the 23rd of March, Leesa is holding her first Textile show for the year. This time it will be at her show rooms : 1/20 Canterbury Rd, Braeside. The show will run from Tuesday – Saturday.

I will be demonstrating printing and painting at home using easily obtainable acrylics. This will include using a Gelli plate, mono prints and creating lino cuts and cardboard prints. A variety of my goods will be on display and for sale.

These are ipad covers. They have a fold down flap, held by Velcro. The designs are a mixture of lino cut prints and screen prints.
The designs include an echidna, honey possum, banksia , a black cockatoo and magpies. They are priced at $50. each.

The walkers bags will feature again. These are handpainted screen prints. The bags have a zipped pocket down the side which makes an easy place to secure cards, keys etc. In the top opening, there is room for a drink bottle and sun glasses. The bags are priced at $30. each.

There will be some bags with eco dyed leaves……i.e. the actual gum leaves printed onto silk by contact printing.
The golden wattle has been handpainted with Lumiere paints. The grass trees is a lino cut print.
More Walkers bags…….these feature handpainted animals plus the new Eastern Barred Bandicoot.
Craft bags painted with Lumiere paints.
Some customers have asked for a larger Walkers bag so I have made up ten larger bags. Both sizes will be $30. each.
Brewing up my pots of eucalypt leaves to create eco prints. I also added cotton ropes into the mix. As you can see a variety of colours happen with the brewing. I have added finer cords and pieces of silk to embellish the various bowls. To finish off where the rope ends I have sometimes created a knot and tassel and on others I have sewn beautiful gumnuts.
These lovely rope bowls will be $15. each.

I have also made up two eco dyed bags. These are comprised of cotton and silk pieces. The bags will be $50. each.