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Make Your Own Recycled Bunting

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Decide what size and shape you’d like your flags.Make a template, either from paper or fabric, and fold it in half. Lay the folded edge of your template onto the folded edge of the fabric you want to use. Pillowcases, scraps of fabric, old tea towels etc all work well for bunting flags! Cut out more flags, in pairs, according to your template.When you have the desired number of flags, sew them together, right sides facing each other. Snip the fabric out from the tip of the triangle, so that when you turn them through the tips aren’t too bulky. Be careful not to snip any of your stitching!! Now carefully turn the flags inside out.

Wandering With Wayside Weeds

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I’ve spent the last seven years wandering the world, teaching people from all walks of life how to use plants to dye cloth. I didn’t carry dye materials between countries because most plants yield some kind of colour and it’s better to investigate local species than import dyes, especially when producing some dyes may compromise their source environment. For example, logwood (Haematoxylum campechianum, a Mexican and Central American species) yields exquisite purple, blue, black and brown dyes; however, the heartwood is used and harvesting it kills the trees of this increasingly rare genus. The best dyes come from older trees and even if seedlings are planted to replace those that are felled, it takes at least 20 years for those to mature.On the other hand, respectable shades of purple and black can be made by boiling the leaves of the Australian species Corymbia citriodora (lemon-scented gum) in an old iron pot. Boiling the leaves in a non-reactive pot, such as stainless steel or enamel, yields a lovely chocolate brown. It makes much more sense to me to use the leaves of a plant that is relatively common, and a good stiff breeze will deliver abundant dye material to the ground at your feet.

Random Weaving With Greenwaste

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The concept behind this work is to transform greenwaste into something useful by weaving a simple bowl.

Random weaving is a traditional Japanese basketry technique used mostly for ikebana flower arrangements where the design evokes delicate birds’ nests. In this technique the material is simply woven back into itself, constructing a frame or skeleton from the bottom up.

Waste To Woven

This is a very spontaneous, playful and intuitive way to work. Often slow, the materials’ pliability dictates the final form and texture. There is no ‘real’ pattern to follow, so there are NO MISTAKES. A lot of the weaving process has to do with learning about properties, tension and pliability of the materials. However, because you don’t have to worry about the materials shrinking – tight weaving is not characteristic of this style – you can even gather fresh green plants to use from your garden, or bushwalk and weave at the same time. The weave can be either very dense or very open; surprisingly solid and strong as well.