Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Dyeing with Elderberries

To see my walnut dye experiment click here

After the silk I randomly dyed old vintage French linens for several hours in the dyebath. Initially they seemed to go aubergine - however, once rinsed in cold water turned a definite donkey grey. Not at all expected but really lovely all the same!
I then immersed some fine wool cloth which had an off white tone to it - this must have influenced the final outcome..Once left overnight, having added more salt and more vinegar it came out as a dark camel..I then machine washed it on a normal 40degree cycle and it came out completely khaki!!!! What?? Now that was a real can see in the photo above the full range of colours I achieved from the one dye pot!

once boiled for an hour to a deep purply red liquor I added a large amount of salt as a fixative and also some malt vinegar . Whether the vinegar was needed I wasn't sure but it was worth a try..First I took some plain undyed habotai silk which took the dye perfectly. The colour was as expected a rich berry burgundy shade. Stunning!

well as some of you my well know I was experimenting with some eldeberry natural dye this weekend..seeing these purply black berries many a time I was convinced they must be loaded with pigment so off I went and collected a large bagful..

Monday, October 25, 2010


it's Giveaway time again here at Lilydove and ChouChou..I am giving away two signed prints from my photography collection or botanical print collection on Etsy. All you need to do is guess what the picture below is..

the winning entry will be selected using on Monday 1st of November..
The winner will be randomly selected using on the 1st November and I will then send the chosen prints free anywhere in the world to the lucky winner..

To enter all you have to do is:

1. Guess what the picture above is..Then post a comment here with your answer leaving your name and email address (without using the @ symbol to avoid any spam -
for example 'lilydove at')

2. A second entry requires you to tell me what you would like to see more of in the Etsy store. Leave your comment the same as before with your name and email address.

3. You may post a third entry by becoming a follower of my blog. All you have to do is click on 'follow' to the right of this page and become a follower. Please then leave a comment to say you have
done so with your name and email address as before.

With each entry I will allocate a number which will identify you as the winner should your number come up in the draw.

All the best!!

Thank you Lucie - Front Page Treasury on Etsy!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Défilé Yves Saint Laurent, Paris Fashion Week SS2011

Just peeped into the Yves Saint Laurent Spring Summer 2011 show at Paris Fashion Week - Chic Chic Chic or what!..Love the simplicity and pure elegance..

Friday, October 22, 2010

Secret weaver ...

here's something else I have up my sleeve - just wanted to give you a preview.. neat handwoven bags. Almost available..but coming soon!! I would REALLY LOVE any feedback you can give me. I've been working on these for a while now and it's hard to stay objective !

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Herringbone Tote

Being one for fraying and pleating, and manipulating fabric I couldn't make this a plain tote - so I went with a bohemian style BIG ruched corsage for some wow store now!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Monday, October 18, 2010

Well I caught the end of the last flee market this weekend (we call them brocantes here) for the season, grabbing little gems for virtually pennies..
I just love these old geography school books circa 1918!

Peachy and Jammy Finds Monday Moodboard!

top left - 'A little prayer for renewal' by EllaKSverdlov
top right - Fleur de cerise earrings studs, butter cookies whit red cherry jam by Lechouchou
bottom left - Seed pod textile choker by pirilamporiscado
bottom right - retro Ladybird Coin Purse by retrospettive
more finds at fleurfatale

Thursday, October 14, 2010

someone in my boat..

I stumbled uopn this today - so refreshing sharing a life without the Box - life without TV? Yip! Read here..! Long live luddites!
Print by the artistshouse on Etsy..

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


still working away on my woven bags - will give you a more advances sneak peak shortly..
first here's brief interludes captured in a moment..

Sunday, October 10, 2010

weave creations

my weaving is getting underway and I am spinning out a rather unusual range of one of a kind (ooak) bags and clutches to be seen soon in the etsy store so keep an eye out..

this weave is constructed with ripped and slashed dupion silk and contrasted with a grey cotton tape. I love the boho texture it gives - let me know what you think..

Friday, October 8, 2010

Glamourous Clutch Purses in store

Glamourous romance is to be found in these two handmade antiqued leather purses available in store today! Great for up and coming glam parties and weddings. The look is tattered vintage Parisian chic. Oh la la!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Experiment with Black Walnuts - Dyeing

and the shade I initially achieved was a yummy butterscotch, caramel shade of brown which once rinsed did fade to a still pleasant shade of fawn. Look out for new walnut coloured creations! hereusing my yards of vintage French linen and 'chanvre' - another slubby vintage French linen I first soaked then in hot salty water and dipped them into the now gorgeous dark chocolate brown dye..

Well, the walnuts are falling from the trees and now is the time I have been waiting for to try dyeing fabric using the green hulls which form the casing for the walnut. I have searched around for a simple recipe and a lot of them do contradict eachother when it comes to adding mordants or not. Having small children and not a lot of time I decided to go with the flow, throw the entire basketful into a pot and boil it up, randomly adding a fair bit of salt to help fix the dye.

Saturday, October 2, 2010