Friday, November 18, 2011

out of the dye-pot: reconstructed deconstructed avocado







After nearly three months in the compost pile, the reconstructed deconstructed avocado was once again deconstructed to reveal a gorgeous new silk organza scarf (the scarf photo is unedited).  It's been heat set with the iron, but not washed -- I don't know that it even needs to be. The only problem is it measures just 41" long and that's a touch short for a scarf. At least the way I'd want to tie it. Lesson learned. I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas to extend the length? Short of making another avocado bundle, that is.

Happy weekending! xo

And here's the last of it...



Additional Note:  Lest you think I'm a total slacker --  for a minute there, I forgot this had been in the compost because it didn't look or even smell bad -- I washed it!



20 comments:

joe said...

tremendous fun and such beauty! this scarf is truly a lotus blossom risen from the mud!

deanna7trees said...

beautiful results. considering where it's been these past few months, I, personally, would want it washed. as far as the length, you could add to either end some dyed cloths that would blend in with stitching at the connection points.
my avocados were completely disintegrated when i did a similar experiment but mine were not in the compost pile.

Jeannie said...

Beautiful results. Guacamole is on the menu soon so I can have the skins! I think a faced piece of patchwork using other eco cloths or indigo on the ends would be beautiful on the ends, perhaps with some interesting thread fringe?

woman with wings said...

Hey thanks, Joe -- I like that!

woman with wings said...

Deanna! Ha! You made me remember where it'd been. I totally forgot and I did wash it after all. It sort of smelled when it was wet, so it was a good thing. Thanks for saving me from true and total embarrassment. I like your idea to add at the ends, that would be a fun way to make use of some of my other pieces. My compost pile is on the dry side, that's probably why it didn't break down more.

woman with wings said...

Jeannie, the patchwork eco cloth sounds luscious and so does a fringe. Oh, oh. I'm getting excited about the possibilities! Have a great time with your avocados. I've been putting both the skins and the pits in a ziplock bag in the freezer, they do add up quickly. Thanks for the ideas!

liniecat said...

really like the results you achieved here and also like the notion mentioned, of having an almost patchworked, strips maybe, of other eco dyed silks.
Strips of deliberately differing lengths to form a 'fringe' like finish maybe?
Maybe we could each send you a slither strip of our own eco dyed silk and you could happenstance them together at the ends.........and end up with a worldwide hug from the scarf lol

Nancy said...

Wonderful results...and liniecat has the idea! Ha

Jeannie said...

Oh, I like liniecat's idea!

woman with wings said...

Lyn Liniecat, thank you for taking the eco patchwork idea even further -- I love that worldwide hug!

Nancy & Jeanne, thanks and...

...whoever wants to, read Lyn's comment up there -- that would be great fun and I'll send you a strip of mine in return! No expectations here, just the fun of a friendly little swap of slither strips...

Email: Raven43@aol.com

Marie said...

It would be fun to see other peoples dyed bits of fabric added to it. I think the different "personalities of cloth" coming together would be fun.

Love the pinkish color that appeared.
<3

woman with wings said...

Marie, that's a good way to put it!

Isn't it interesting that avocadoes transfer pink? Who'da thunk?

Deb G said...

I didn't have very good luck with the skins, but the pits do make a wonderful pink dye for me too. I rinse them well and then let them dry. When I have several saved up I dye. You are going to have a wonderful scarf...

Trish said...

I love seeing the things you create. This is beautiful...but I have no idea how to lenghthen it. H
How wonderfully patient you are waitimg to see how things turn out.
Much love to you.

handstories said...

what beautiful colors! those bright lines of pink are wonderful. what if you added a piece of another fabric at one end & embroidered it with the colors of this cloth, lines of the running stitch in browns, beiges, pinks, etc..?

jude said...

this was like a birth. maybe you can add to it to make it long enough for a scarf.

woman with wings said...

Thanks, Deb -- it'll be the one exception I make to wearing pink. It's not normally my color except for this scarf-to-be!

woman with wings said...

Thank you so much, Trish -- and back to you!

woman with wings said...

Cindy, thanks for that great idea! I like continuing the colors, ghosting...

woman with wings said...

Jude, well you're right on that, it sort of was a birth! The hope is to lengthen it enough to actually wear and help seems to be on the way.