Friday, June 23, 2017


After increasing my felted bowl/vase inventory, those materials have been put away for awhile.  I'm turning my attention toward creating wall art again.  With the notion of making slightly larger sizes.  My pals Judy, Kate and I will again have an exhibit at the NC Arboretum next spring which is a perfect opportunity to display bigger pieces.
This piece of discharged black silk noil has been calling me.....though with no specific direction in mind.  Unfortunately, it was a rather small piece so I set about recreating the look.
 Denny brought boxes of this dry bleach to a Fiber Junkies meeting about a year ago.....very cool stuff.  I sprinkled it onto a piece of wet silk noil......gave it an all over spritz of water and let it sit for about 30 mins.  The top photo shows the results.
These botanical printed silk noil fabrics were created using ferns, leaves, turmeric and blueberries.  After tightly rolling and securing around wood dowels, they were simmered for about an hour in an iron solution.  I LOVED each one, though I had no ideas how to use them.
 Close-up....this one was printed with pine needles, turmeric and rose petals.
 With my larger piece of discharged silk noil now ready......I've isolated parts of the eco-dyed fabrics....fringing the edges and am exploring several design options.  Stay tuned, won't you??

Visit these creative bloggers for further inspiration: Nina-Marie's Off The Wall Friday, Sarah's Whoop, Whoop Friday, Crazy Mom Quilts.


Kathy said...

Wooo hooo! Experiment time! With the materials you are using, I can't imagine anything less than a spectacular result. Your style is so classic (and classy)--can't wait to see what evolves!

Linda M said...

I think you're off to a good start.

Julia - Vintage with Laces said...

Your eco-dyed fabrics are beautiful, Mary. I look forward to following this project.

Robbie said...


quiltedfabricart said...

Yes! so far so good. I assume you will be adding some of your wonderful stitching and maybe a bead or two? The Eco dyed fabrics are beautiful. Very organic looking

margaret said...

looks like you are having fun with the bleach etc. Have some silk scarves to dye, one day will get round to them but plan to use silk paints splogged on then sprinkle with sea salt.
The eco dye fabric works very well on the black I know you will come up with something amazing

Mary at Fleur de Lis Quilts said...

Those botanical prints are absolutely yummy! I love your new pieces.
FYI, I didn't even know powdered bleach is a thing. haha Looks interesting though. I'll be following your newest endeavor.

The Inside Stori said...

Mary says.....the powedered bleach I'm using is what can be found in laundromats.......where liquid bleach is usally not sold.