I know you shouldn’t but sometimes it’s hard not to – this new book Eco-Colour by India Flint looks so beautiful and the subtitle is so enticing – ‘Botanical Dyes for Beautiful Textiles: Environmentally Sustainable Dyes’. I feel a moment of weakness coming on. India Flint’s web site is delicious as well – beautiful work and a sidebar that takes the phrase ‘navigation metaphor’ to new poetic heights.

It’s been a lean and hungry textile week for me, with a time-consuming project keeping me stuck at the computer, but I did sneak away long enough to make a little piece of nuno felt, on a cotton scrim base. I’m really trying to get that lovely barnacle-like effect on the cloth side – this is a bit more like the nuno felt I’ve seen than my last attempt, so progress in the right direction.

The pastel side:

pastel nuno felt

… and the bright side:

bright nuno felt

I imagine a garment with the delicately coloured textural side outward and the bright soft fleecy side within.

judging a book by its cover

5 thoughts on “judging a book by its cover

  • May 11, 2008 at 7:09 am

    The texture and the colour is gorgeous! Wish I could touch it 🙂

  • May 11, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    This is beautiful Fiona, I love the fabric side of nuno, my attempts at making this fabric have been very sad indeed, but you have inspired me to have another go.

  • May 11, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    That book looks tempting….

    I love your felt… I too have tried this before without success, so well done on persisting!

  • May 12, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    thanks for the nice comments about my book!
    best wishes

  • May 14, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    I like this effect very much! What a wonderful thing this wool and nuno felt is! And thank you for mentioning the book, I am going to buy it.

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