Sunday, October 23, 2011

Rain Rain Go Away....

iron as a mordant, Eucalyptus leaves and a simmer.

Pongee fabric I dyed a while a go.

New pongee scarves with rolled hems, 3mt by 110cm.

Don't try and take my fluff!
I'll get ya...

Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn....

Getting ready to plant dye on linen...

And because it wont stop raining, all of Dale's flimsies are laying out on every available surface.

Lawns can't be mowed.....

But gee, I get good roses.
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

New Wrap Available

So flat you could eat off it!

I know, it looks unnatural. The 'wrap' enjoys this position, it was made to drape.

So here is my new 'cat stole' available in one colour only at the moment. White and Ginger. Long enough to wrap around your neck once, maybe twice. #Does enjoy the occasional belly scratch.
Dry Clean only. Priceless.
Back blogging at last with the arrival of a new laptop. Yay!

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Where oh where have I gone?


1. alice in wonderland, 2. bobby the bunny # 2, 3. freeform lace, 4. blue moon (detail 1), 5. Untitled, 6. Voices from the Past (2), 7. danielchang, 8. encomenda, 9. Summer holidays, 10. # 1322 "After The Rain", 11. French Lace Curtains, 12. WTM Word to Mother (detail) - IMG_9719 copy, 13. Profond brooch14. Not available15. Not available16. Not available

silk cashmere

Destashing, I have finally given up on using ribbon, never going to happen so I've washed and ironed it, off to etsy with you.

Voile hankie eco dyed with bottle caps and weak onion skin bath.

We have Torturous Tuesdays at my house. Bri and friends come over and do homework at my kitchen table. Even the little one sits up. I have to feed them and supply lollies.

Wrong way around but this silk fabric already dyed using acid dyes. I put on eucalyptus leaves and simmered. I like the effect.

muslin, doiley, voile and silk all eco dyed. Except the ribbon, thats all acid dye!

Over dyed fabric. I love ironing it dry, because all of the variations become evident. This piece is quite vibrant. I have sent it to Marina, Im overdyeing silk pieces to make them more interesting and then destashing them. I have no room and more stuff in my studio than I will ever use. I feel quite stifled creatively because of it.

Yes, well, it's been a challenge. My old computer has passed on- kicked the bucket, dropped it's bundle, choked, deceased, crossed over and generally died. it's difficult for a computer savvy person like me to blog without it. I have to wait for other family members to leave their computers unatttended. AND THEY DON'T! Anyway, to proove I have not given up blogging, i took photos in the hope someone would allow me to mishandle their computer.

Friday, July 1, 2011


How could I not dye this! I loved the colours so much. I hope you like it. Also dyed, a new range of shades. Sometimes i love a color so much I don't want to overcome it by putting it with other colours. So I turned them into shades.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Rainbows and lollipops.

Rainbows and lollipops., originally uploaded by jacintaleishman.

Still waiting for my darling laptop to come back from the fixit shop. So, again I have to post a mosaic of a few favorites. Notice the gorgeous girl in front of the graffiti? My eldest girl Madelen, taken a five years ago I think by a friend of hers. She had such beautiful, thick hair. I am hoping to dye the Ranuckulas in a colourway so hopefully I can get a photo up of my interpretation.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Some of my favorite things...

1. oval brooches, 2. tiny houses painted, 3. 19-01-2009, 4. Untitled, 5. Nuno Felted Scarf Wrap, 6. Mosque' door and arche, 7. Paperweights, 8. poinsettia brooch , 9. Magnolia
Back from Brisbane but not quite back to work. Bri has exams this week and needs some Mummy love and the laptop has finally died so it might be a while before I can put up new photos. In the meantime, lovely to meet the people of Brisbane and Queensland. I made my flight home despite the threat of ash from the volcano in Chile. So, in the meantime, here is my first mosaic using flickr of a very small sample of work from artists I admire.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Watercolour class and date day.

Occasionally D and I go out together on a date without the girls. This can only be done when they are at school. And this is why. WE LOVE FOOD.
This was in an arcade in Melbourne city area.

Rolling molten sugar for lollies. (sweets)

A shop window.
Granny squares are back!

Cupcakes from Degraves st, Melbourne, notice they are mini ones!

Always write down your recipes, Coconut Ice is what you get when you muck up your champagne recipe.

Barossa I love. Of course I used Kraftkolours Barossa dye for this.

And I have signed up for this. I usually work with acrylics but learning new stuff helps keep me engaged so....

Hoping for bliss. Do you think I can get it for $50? Pretty cheap I think.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Winging it's way to Russia

50/50 cashmere silk blend. Keen to see how this felts up. it's different from the silk merino, not so shiney.

A bit bright in this pic, but a solid blue for a change.

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And one I really like- champagne.

all this dyeing is making me tired....

The wood is a piece from Lake St Clair, Tasmania. Silk yarn and ribbon dyed in Mallee. Piece of silk satin in matching colourway. I really love this colour. Winging it's way to Moscow.

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Beautiful colours to inspire a new turquoise.
Though, I have to say the rain and lack of light don't make me want to be in the shed.

From for colour inspiration.