I’ve added a few hand made pouches or cosmetic bags to the shop these past few weeks.
They’re made from either hand painted canvas fabric or hand painted linen or cotton. This particular collection have been paired up with a solid coloured fabric to set off the colours and designs. They’re quite vibrant.
The mark of the brush is very much evident meaning that these are a work of art… lots of texture … lots of colour.
This zippered pouch is made using my own hand dyed cotton fabric using a tied and bound shibori method. The patterning across the fabric is as gorgeous as always. I never cease to be excited by it. There is a little wiggly lined quilting on the front and the back to emphasise the pattern. I’ve used a variegated thread which seemed to be appropriate with the dye flowing from darker to lighter blues across the fabric surface, It has a black cotton binding at the top and the base of the bag is also made out of a black cotton. It’s interlined and interfaced as always to give it a nice structure.
This another hand dyed fabric wristlet with detachable handle. I used a black dye for this and the patterning goes from deepest black through some very pretty greys. I love this way of patterning the cloth. Again the quilting is in wiggly lines which seems to suit this patterning well I think.
The patterning on the front and the reverse of the bag differs slightly as even though the cloth is dyed as one piece the dye doesn’t pattern the fabric uniformly. I love that. If you want things to be uniform then I guess factory produced goods would be the thing. That’s not me. Those aren’t the things I like. The quilting in these pieces are what tie the designs together and the rest is all about patterning texture and unique pieces to be loved and treasured.
The top band is in black cotton fabric as is the strap handle. There is nothing ordinary about this smart little chap and it’s definitely unique.
Some of the fascination of hand dying cloth is that it pretty difficult and virtually impossible to really predict what you will get at the end of the process. Temperature, fabric type affects how the dye takes… you can use various techniques to pattern the cloth such as shibori techniques… folding… clamping… stitching …. tying…
leaving alone… and whilst all of that might give you some control I’ve come to believe that it is all illusion. Or perhaps something of an illusion of control. The fascination with dyeing cloth is the unpredictability of the results.
The cloth that this pouch has been made out of was folded, pleated and knotted actually to produce this patterning. The colour was a soft green that I mixed myself. I like the way mixed dyes can split giving glimpses of both the colour you wanted and the individual colours that make it up.
I love the way this piece of fabric turned out. Pretty soft green with glimpses of the yellow and tiny hints of blue that made up the dye bath. Although this was one piece of cotton fabric the dyeing looks a little different on the front panel to the back panel but I think that that just emphasises the charm of a hand dyed piece. It is definitely one of a kind and unique. Even using the same mixed colour, the same cloth, the same folding techniques the cloth is unlikely to turn out this way again. That’s the fascination of such fabric … what will happen this time I empty out the spent dye… wash it clear and wait for the patterning to be revealed. Wow! It’s always so exciting.
My chickens watch with amazement when the fabric pieces get hung out on the washing line… just joking I don’t they care either way.
This pouch has been quilted with wavy lines in a variegated green thread and has a dark green binding at the top by the zip and a dark green base. This sets of the colours beautifully I think. Inside it’s lined with a lovely printed cotton and is softly padded making it feel nice and plush in your hands.
It’s a slightly different style of pouch for me to make but it is one that I really like. What do you think?