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Onion Skin

You may remember this picture from awhile ago – part of my Silk Scarves post.

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To see the end result please visit Onion Skin in The Market.


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Hand dyed using wild blueberry juice.

Here is the first addition to The Market, my brand new little shop.

Wild Blueberries and Cream is a gorgeous crepe de chine silk scarf, lovingly dyed and prepared for you.


Silk Scarves

Crepe de Chine scarves in the window, utilizing the sun for solar dyeing.

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Above: Red and yellow onions skins wrapped tightly in the scarf and then stuffed into a Mason jar.

Below: Pomegranate to the right. Cranberry to the left.

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yesterday was hectic

Hence only one project picture of portly pillows poked up precociously.

Ok, a pillow can’t be precocious…

I think.

Vintage cotton napkins, rust and botanically dyed, cut up and quilted

Moving on.

These are some of the cotton napkins dyed, deconstructed and then reconstructed.

It all started with a book.

I found it at the library.

I was never particularly interested in quilts. I don’t usually like the colour combinations or design. A little too grandma fussy for my taste sometimes.

Though I will say check out Kirsten Jane. She first got me with a post on shoes that she made. But I loved her Improve Patchwork!

Nine patch pillow, rust dyed and eco printed

Back to the book.

The title was – Around The Quilt Frame: Stories and Musings on the Quilter’s Craft by Kari A. Cornell.

A Great Quilting Truth of the Universe by Lisa Boyer made me laugh out loud, uncontrollably. It is me and my sister in quilt land.

It was funny. Though not a quilter, many of the stories touched on things that I definitely could relate too. Unfinished object takeovers. Husband’s in fabric stores. Hoarding tiny scraps, of bits of fabric, because you hate to waste any, because maybe you’ll use it, someday.

The stories about the history of the quilts was particularly fascinating. You used what you had – feed sacks, clothing, bits and scraps. Whatever you could find, or beg and barter for. Each piece meant something; it was a memory, something beautiful that only you and it knew. Pieces of the dress that made you feel incredible, your child’s first piece of clothing, a shirt of your husband’s that always had good memories attached to it . 

Rarely, if ever, could you go to the fabric store and perfectly match prints and solids in monochromatic or analogous splendor, double checking your colour dominance was just right.

This is my kind of quilting. Beauty carefully saved and treasured. Beauty purpose built from unmatched unknowns.

vintage cotton napkins, rust and eco dyed

Because that’s why I love natural dyeing so much. You start in and just enjoy as you go. Sometimes it’s what you expected, sometimes it’s better then what you expected, and sometimes you have no idea what happened but “that’s pretty ugly, what will I do with it now?” Each piece reminds you of the walk you took to gather those leaves or flowers. What you were talking about when you gathered that particular rusty bit. The scent of the dye pot. The truth in colour.  

So I thought I would try quilting with some of my recent dye batches. The Rusty 9 Patch Pillow turned out quite well, I thought. My starburst on the other hand…

But then I read an interesting post by Wendy Feldberg over at Threadborne which she appears to have taken off. She was talking about creating with her grandson and the joys of imperfection, seeing things through a child’s eyes and just being happy with something you’ve made – even if it’s not perfect. I appreciated the perspective. This definitely is an Imperfect Starburst. But I’m leaving it like that. In fact, I made it up into a lovely little tossing pillow – perfect for beaning someone in the head in a pillow fight. 

Cotton, rust and eco dyed, quilted, starburst, 9 patch, pillow

And we thoroughly enjoy it just as it is!

Quilted starburst pillow. Rust and eco dyed. Vintage cotton napkins.


Project Pillows

Project Pillows


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Crab Apple

Natural colour crab apple dye pink



Iron Mordant




Eco dyed, natural colour, no mordant




No mordant


Botanical Dye Project – Cotton. Part 2.

Cotton, alum mordant

Blueberry, crab apple, purple plum, coffee and cinnamon.

Cotton, eco dyed, alum mordanted. Purple plum, cinnamon, coffee, blueberryFree form cotton crochet.

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Top to bottom: Coffee, cinnamon, purple plum, crab apple, blueberry.

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Cinnamon, purple plum, blueberryCinnamon, purple plum, crab apple.


Snow and Projects

Cochrane Ontario

We should expect the snow, and earlier because we’re in the North now. I always hope that it will take longer for it to finally get here though.

As much as I don’t enjoy the cold, it is beautiful!

Iron infused leaves on alum mordanted cotton

Leaves from a bush outside {unknown} on vintage cotton napkins. Iron bath for about an hour. 

Knotted and soaked for a couple days

Men’s Cotton Shirt pulled apart, this is the back. Knotted a couple times and then soaked in coffee for several days. 

Men's Cotton Shirt mordanted in alum, wrapped with raspberry leaves then boiled in iron bath

Section of Men’s Cotton Shirt, alum mordanted, with raspberry leaf prints. 


Win My Scarf – One of a Kind, All Natural, Wearable Art

While we’re moving…

In honour of you, my dear reader, I have decided to do my first giveaway.

During the month of August hit the “follow” button in the tool bar to follow the blog and leave a comment for me at the end of this post.

You will be eligible to win this….

One eco dyed Flat Crepe Silk Scarf 13” x 70”

This was the first proper leaf print that I did in my whole new ecobundling adventure. It made me so happy!

My husband said to describe the colours as “of the forest” – the base is a silvery grey with green/gold accents. But there are so many slight variations of colour that I don’t even know how to describe. Hopefully your monitor will give you as true a rendition as possible.

I hemmed it myself so there will be variations in the stitching.

Do not wash it unless you have to. If you do, rinse it in cold water with a mild detergent and iron to dry if you want it smooth. If you prefer the crinkly look, twist it and let it air dry.

This is a completely one of a kind piece of wearable, natural art. Expect the colours to subtly morph over time as you wear it and wash it.

I hope that you enjoy wearing it as much as I enjoyed making it.

There will be a draw August 31 and I will contact the winner for their mailing information.



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The colour wasn’t quite as strong as I would have liked so I soaked it overnight in the dye bath. I wasn’t sure if this would wreck the prints at all.

Fortunately when I pulled it out the next morning everything was still quite clear.

Amazingly enough the ferns, that I thought had disappointed me by not printing, showed up after the soak.

Leaving it to hang where there was indirect sunlight also might have helped.

The colours shift and morph with the light.

It’s beautiful to watch. 


My Favourite Picture So Far

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Little berries from the vine on our house – name unknown – wild rose leaves, purple smoke bush, maybe some purple sancherry.

I think the berry prints are absolutely incredible, so perfect!