Tuesday, November 30, 2010

maple magic

Do you remember my friend Lily's Japanese maple tree, and the beautiful prints made from its fresh summer leaves? Well Lily's maple continue to marvel. This time of year the leaves are turning a spectacular shade of red, slowly letting go, dancing towards the ground. Thankfully I gathered a few bagfulls of these treasures for some happy dye pot experiments. I am enthralled with the results.

The cotton tunic started out ia drab, uncomplimentary beige color. Now it is covered in blue, green, and gold maple leaf imprints. I can't wait to wear it with my favorite pair of jeans! The eco-prints on silk are equally amazing. I especially love the effect on the thin organza, shown at the top of this post. A mere whisper of impressions, still clear and powerful held up against a white background. Magical.

12 comments:

  1. Oh so beautiful, Lotta!! And to dye a whole garment with such wonderful results?? Kudos! Gloria

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  2. This is beautiful beyond words.....

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  3. we've been enjoying maple magic here in New Zealand too...

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  4. Gorgeous! Love, love the effect on the organza.

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  5. Oh my goodness Lotta! These are all so beautiful! I gasped when I saw your tunic! Gorgeous! I especially love the last photo too :)

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  6. Hittade hit via Australia, bloggvärlden är en fantastik plats! I really like your work, a huge good luck to you! Hugs, Minna :)

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  7. Magical indeed. Beautiful work.

    xoox,
    -maria

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  8. maples seem to print beautifully on everything - wool, satin silk - and now cotton... and with a huge range of colours. I'm totally in love with your shirt - that will be pure joy to wear. Masterly result.

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