Plant Dye & Embroidery
Autumn is here, the golden season. A lot of people love this season, for the colours, the light, the hot chocolate, and the cinnamon buns. Do you have the picture in your mind ? Well sit comfortably, today we are speaking about plant dye.
In 2019, after having followed a Herbology course at the Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh, I developed an interest for the dyeing power of plants. Since, my multiple reading and tests are leading me to a direction I didn’t expect in my activity with Dragon Are Reals but a direction I am following with passion.
What I am doing with plants ?
I test every pigment on old cotton or linen bed sheet. Then when I am satisfied with the colours, I dye the rope I use for my baskets. This is the beginning of a great adventure and it is where I am leading Dragons Are Real. Plant dye, rope and … embroidery.
Last year, in September, I launched my first embroidery kit. This kit is an invitation to learn, experiment, try embroidery for beginners or expert. The idea came to me that if embroidery is a relaxing and mindfulness moment for me, it can be for other persons. With Dragons Are Real I want to explore more about this aspect of my adventure : embroidery with plant dye material.
In this article I wrote one year ago you can see the different works I created with my dyed fabrics. Every test is a mix of fabrics and embroidery to embellish an object from the ordinary life. This year I made a personalised blanket for a little one. I am not a quilter so I followed my instinct to create a patchwork and include the wadding to this blanket. Then, once again, for the embroidery I used a simple running stitch.
Finally, following the kit for embroidery I wanted to give you the possibility to explore your creativity as I can do in my studio. You can now find my dyed fabrics in my online store in the category CRAFT & DIY. Bundles of naturally dyed fabrics are available. Every bundle include 20 squares of ancient cotton or linen measuring 11x11cm. Let your imagination go and reveal yourself.
Meanwhile I am going to make my imagination a reality.
Mathilde and the dragons