Monday, March 7, 2016
One-Day Dress Dyeing Workshop with India Flint at Poet's Ode store in Hahndorf
Yesterday was a Sunday well spent in a cozy workshop with India Flint at the Poet's Ode store in Hahndorf. I had been itching to try something new and you can say that eco dyeing, or natural dyeing, is an eye-opener. India is a busy world-traveller, passing on her knowledge and working her magic all over the globe, so I consider myself very fortunate to have scored a seat right in Adelaide Hills. People have travelled interstate to attend this workshop!
In this one-day workshop we each had silky merino fabric to make a dress or garment out of. Silky merino is so soft and gorgeous in its natural ivory state. Every piece of garment has been hand-stitched by ourselves, almost meditatively. So many variations and different outfit personalities were created.
I worked against time to bundle my incomplete dress to get right into the dark iron bath. It needed to cook for almost 1 hour... Different eucalyptus leaves and plant parts were going to leave a unique colour and print.
The suspense could kill.
Meanwhile we got to admire all of India's gorgeous work available for sale at the store. Every single piece is stunning. Stunning!
And the moment of truth...
Not yet! We each had to take our hot bundles home to let the heat work its magic overnight...