Saturday, July 4, 2009

small update

looking good! the purple basil is growing and there are lots of seedlings thrown in randomly and sprouting. they might just give something before winter. there is coreopsis, there are rudbeckia of some kind, the daisy like ones with the black centre, and the purple ones, I do not know their names- I liked their colours. there are dahlias and zinnias, I got them very cheap because it was so late in the season. the little trunk you see is our peach tree, it grew from a pit thrown randomly- we chuck all pits, pips, seeds from fuit onto the dirt, I cheat because I aim towards the watering drips...the dogs think it is a wonderful game so I do my throwing when they are not looking
these are my latest felt creations, made while waiting for my brother to wake so that we could rehearse for a gig. we were in rhodes, and of course I had carried fleece and carders with me for a two day stay with work! they were made in the palm of my hand, they could be eyes or leaves, or even fried eggs, if you are hungry. the model is my favourite red rose bush, the one of the colourful leaves. the snake rope is for protection and blessing
more colours. solar dyed, no mordant, uncarded rinsed wool. no detergent. I let the fleece dry without rinsing, these have been washed with olive soap, to see what will happen when I felt them. the colours did not change. I think that this method of dyeing is good for felt because of the lack of ph modifiers



5 comments:

T said...

Some lovely soft colours here with your solar dyeing Manya...and your hand felted flowers are beautiful...

Certainly a bit different than the felt making of Mongolia..we all wish we had a few yaks and a big paddock so we could tie our felt behind them...would make feltmaking lots easier.

Manya Maratou said...

T- I would love a few sheep actually.. and i could, but i may not- but that is another story
thanks for your kind words. I saw your lovely fabrics, they make me want to tie up, dunk, dip and steep!

jasmine said...

Lovely colours. I like it that you have a peach tree from pips. ?I wonder if it will yield fruit.

Helen said...

Hi Manya love your soft delicate colours and also your felts. Lovely

creationsbyeve said...

lovely work!!

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