We have decided - or rather I suggested - that we try some natural dying processes to use on her finished design. I already design patterns for fabric and place them on my Spoonflower shop for sale - but I don't really get my hands dirty with fabric design - and I must admit I have been dying (excuse the pun) to try this. I have been pouring over the pages of India Flint's book "Second Skin" and was stunned to realise how quickly and without too much mess and very little effort (although one of my fingers is throbbing from the missed blow of a mallet) a design can be produced onto fabric from nature's offering alone.
I swiped a couple of petals from my mother's Poinsettia plant this morning - and in about ten minutes from start to finish (including photography) I produced the most pretty leaf pattern - it only needs a steam iron to heat set the colour and it's done.
When I saw the colour of this print and the leaves I suddenly remembered the jewellery I had made over Christmas and had not gotten around to photographing yet - so I ran to get these two pieces....
A delicious Carnelian cabouchon set in sterling silver....like a flower bud peaking...
Freshwater pearls, faceted garnet beads and a Carnelian bud make this choker length pendant... in the shop soon.
It's been a wet, grey, day - all day - and these beautiful colours just made me smile - even though there was barely any daylight left to photograph.
How has your day been?
Good I hope.
PS:: the ring is now available in the shop