Treetops just received a special ‘Limited Edition’ shipment of extra wide (140cm, 55inch) Silk Chiffon fabric. Fantastic for sewing and nuno felting of garments because of its wider width and slightly heavier weight (5.5 momme).
We have created a unique dyeing technique for this fabric called ‘Base Tones’. The fabric is designed to coordinate with many different Colour Harmonies. By removing the highlight colour, a more tonal colourway has been created. It’s up to you then to add a variety of ‘splash’ colours to create your own personalized colour statement.
The Chiffon is a slightly more dense and lustrous weave than our Tissue Silk (Silk Georgette). It drapes more like Paj silk fabric and appearance is halfway between shiny and flat.
When you purchase 140cm (55inch) wide fabric, the cost is slightly higher, but remember you are purchasing 23% more fabric!
More colours coming soon!!
We were recently looking for of a great set of earthy brown colours, we only had to look as far as our past library of colours. Terra Rosa is hard to beat for its rich earthy tones. Created from a past journey through the Italian countryside of Tuscany. We look forward to dyeing this wonderfully rich colourway on our new extra wide Silk Chiffon Fabric.
Our NEW Ornamental Metal Press Snaps are an elegant closure solution for felted garments. Simply sew these strong snaps into position. They lie very flat against the felt and are not bulky at all. A great solution instead of button holes….
Hint: if you don’t want the stitching to be seen on the front-side of your felt, simply don’t push needle through to the other side, just catch enough fibres with your needle/thread to hold snap in place.
To create a Reversible Garment Closure stitch a snap on both the front and back of each side of your garment. Therefore when your garment is reversed it can be snapped closed either way. An additional bonus being that the front-side would have a decorative snap showing, which could be quite nice.
Colours available include: Antique Brass, Gunmetal, Grey Silver, Hexagonal Gunmetal and Black Gunmetal. Snaps measure 20-21 mm in diameter. Sold as a set.
The Silk Mesh Design Pack is designed using our Exclusive Silk Mesh Fabric in conjunction with our Silk Hankies and Bombyx Silk tops. It’s a great way to obtain a variety of products to play with, all of which have been chosen around a central colour theme.
We have put together eight colourways for your designing pleasure: Tropical, Ghost Gum, Bush Tucker, Dark & Moody, Ambient, Obsession, The Melbourne, River of Blue.
Each Silk Mesh Design Pack contains:
- Silk Mesh fabric in 3 Colour Harmonies, each piece is 25cm long x 114cm wide
- 15gms of Silk Hankies in 3 colourways
- 12gms of Bombyx Silk tops in 2-3 colourways
Our newest colour inspiration on Silk Mesh ‘Ningaloo’ comes from the amazing World Heritage listed Ninagloo coral reef off the coast of Western Australia.
Developing a Sample Library of Natural Rhythms
2 – 3 day workshop by Nancy Ballesteros, Perth , Western Australia
We will work through a series of creative processes while developing a library of felted samples, exploring both linear and organic Natural Rhythms forms. Fibonacci’s principals will be used as a design tool to assist in developing creative sequences with sophisticated colour palettes. The human brain finds natural rhythms created with these principals especially pleasing to the eye (no maths are necessary!!).
Using her 30+ years of creating colour, Nancy will present some of her practical ideas and exercises to design your own colour language. She has also developed some specific techniques for felting these natural patterns using newly developed wool handling and finishing techniques. Join us with an open mind and spirit ready to expand your felting skills. Our aim is to develop an extensive personal library of samples that will inspire your creative process for years to come.
3-5 day Nuno felting workshop by Nancy Ballesteros, Perth, Western Australia
In our world there is a natural rhythm that the human brain finds especially visually pleasing. This idea was discovered in medieval times by Leonardo Fibonacci, an Italian mathematician. We will utilise his principals in our workshop as a design tool for learning how to create stripe sequences with sophisticated designs and tasteful colour palettes (no maths necessary!).
Using her 30+ years of designing colours, Nancy will present some of her practical ideas and exercises to help you develop your own colour language. You will learn specific techniques for creating both “organic” and “inorganic” stripe patterns. You may choose to design a Single or Double Infinity Scarf OR with more time a “transformer garment” which begins as a dress but transforms into a cozy Cocoon. Newly developed wool handling and finishing techniques will expand your felting skills. Our aim is to create GREAT superfine cloth with Natural Rhythms in Colour!
We have just discovered you can indeed ‘Snip and Rip’ our Silk Mesh fabric. Simply make a 2cm (3/4″ inch) snip. Then hold your hand approximately 25cm (10 inch) apart on each side of the snip and then just rip (pull hands apart)… I usually cut the last little bit left on the selvage with scissors so the last few threads don’t pull. Will little wonders never cease to amaze…Cheers!
Dryandra is our newest earthy colourway named after a rare Banksia species found only in the south west bush of Western Australia. It’s colours appear as if they have been naturally dyed from eucalyptus.