Friday, October 14, 2011

lobster mushroom-dyed scarf


On Wednesday I gave you a glimpse at a piece I had just finished and today I'll show you what those folded layers of edible-looking pink were.  You might remember that back in September I had been dyeing wool and silk with lobster mushrooms, well this scarf is what came of that lovely fiber. 


I nuno-felted that soft merino wool into a layer of silk.  The resulting texture is nubby and mottled, and oh-so-interesting.  It's soft enough to be worn next to the skin.

The color varies and runs from mauve to fuschia.  In the spots where the silk bubbles up through the wool, you'll see a pale ballerina pink.


This is a shorter scarf but because it has some give, it can be tied once around the neck.  I've made a wool pebble brooch as a closure for it as well which allows the wearer to tie it in different ways.

I used all of my lobster mushroom-dyed fiber on this piece so there will be no others like it.


It amazes me what is possible with natural materials.  Granted, doing work this way is far more labor-intensive than grabbing a box of Rit and some polyester, but the results are so rewarding for me.  I have a piece that is unique and easy on the earth, but I also got to have the experience, the learning experience, from making it. 

This is why I do what I do, and oh how I love it.

This scarf will be in my shop shortly and I'd be grateful if you'd check it out, or share it with someone who might like it (any pink-loving mycologist/nature lovers out there?), because I'd love to be able to continue to do what I do.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone.


13 comments:

~mel said...

Awesome! I love what you're doing ~ using natural products. Congratulations too on "your own shop" !! YEAH!!!

ecokaren said...

You are my hero. Did I ever tell you that? So pretty.

Kitten's Lost Her Mittens said...

It's beautiful! Will you make more of your stones to put in your shop, too? I really want one (or two...). :)

A Deegan said...

swoon, it is very, very beautiful

Lisa at lil fish studios said...

Thank you so much, everyone!

Kitten - oh there will be stones soon, I promise... :D

kristin said...

what a beautiful labor of love Lisa. and the stone brooch is just icing on the cake. it is so lovely.

curlygirlpress said...

How fascinatingly lovely is that! Wowsa. = )

joanie said...

Stunning! It's so gorgeous, I don't think I'd be able to give it up if I'd made it. Happy weekend! Jx

Barbara said...

This is sooooo beautiful! Have I told you how much I look forward to checking in on your blog. Beautiful creations like this scarf and the explanation of your processes is why I love visiting so much! You are an inspiration Lisa!

Peace!

susan christensen said...

Stunning, Lisa!

Margie Oomen said...

you are amazing lisa
don't ever stop doing what you are doing

Tumus said...

I love that it came from lobster mushrooms ^_^

Kathleen said...

love it ! The color is stunning

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