Wednesday, 26 October 2011

First bundle

First bundles

My bundles are looking pretty good, a much darker colour than I expected to get. And while they didn't smell too good while they were simmering away (a bit cabbagey) they smell lovely now, the essence of autumn distilled. The dark colour may be due in part to the fact that I had used the pan for tea dyeing in the past and it is pretty well impregnated with tea.

I've managed to last a week before opening one... I chose the second from the left to unwrap - I just had to open one of them to see what had happened!

This one is a strip of old sheeting.  Here are the leaves that came out of it - no longer the lovely dark red they were!

First bundle unwrappedAnd this is the result, hanging up to dry after rinsing in cold water. I am absolutely thrilled with it!  There are lovely rich browns, quite a bit of yellow which doesn't show too well in the photograph, and even some pinky bits.  And some nice patterning where the thread was wrapped round it too.

It will be interesting to see how much of the colour stays when it dries and whether it fades quickly or not.

I'm leaving the others a bit longer... not sure quite how long before I can't resist opening them!


  1. Ooh, lovely colours and patterns. I don't know how you're managing to resist opening more, I think I'd have to!

  2. lovely :)

    it would be interesting to know how colour fast it was

    ohh so many projects so little time :)

  3. That looks gorgeous - there are several different things happening - a general leaching of background colour, leaf imprints and a bit of tie dye too. It's always sad to waste the intense colour of gorgeous autumn leaves - so this is a perfect way to capture it.

  4. Wow! That's absolutely fabulous. I knew you wouldn't wait long to take a peek!

  5. Wonderful! How clever. I would never have thought about that. And how exciting waiting to see the others.


Helen Smith, artist and maker in glass, print and stitch.


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