The base fabric of these books is wool fabric that was dyed with red onion skins, iron and cutch to create a warm caramel brown. The inside pages are the same wool but it has been eco printed with leaves from my garden. On the outer surface, other pieces of eco printed cotton fabric are layered with a piece of vintage lace that was also dyed in the cutch dye bath. Hand dyed and commercial threads have been used to sew the pieces together and create a splendid texture on the surface.
Approximately 4" x 6" in size, these are the perfect size to slip into your sewing box or leave out on your favourite side table while you are hand stitching.
The colours in these pieces range from warm caramel through gold and cream with some charcoal and a touch of green from some of the plants used.
The use of little scraps of eco print fabric was inspired this week by Rita Summers of Australia, who has been working with similar bits and pieces. You can find her at Gone Rustic Gallery in Hobart, Tasmania.
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