Tuesday 20 August 2013

Shredded in Nature

Perhaps more wrinkled than shredded

More slashed than shredded

Can't beat that for shredded!
Question is.... was it passing critters trying to retrieve 
some comfortable bedding from the stream
or was it just the ravages of water passing by?

The wool in the middle survived
and the linen sleeve (on the right) wrapped around a mossy rock
strangely only accepted colour down one side.

This piece of silk only just survived.
It was wrapped around a tin can
and nearly fell apart as we retrieved it.

This rock provided the most colour variations.

We were thrilled we got any colour at all
but obviously three months is way too long!
We decided to try more wrapped cans...

...and will check them in a week.


  1. What a terrific experiment! I might have to try this one with the boys :)

    1. Oh, yes, you have the right environment too.

  2. Lovely images and interesting results, I have the sea on my doorstep but have such extreme tides I couldn't leave anything in it.

    1. Oh, yes, Debbie....the tides here are too strong too but we often soak our fabric in sea water and gather seaweed to put in our wrappings.

  3. I love the textures of wood in the photographs and you experiments are very inspirational.

  4. Don don't know about inspirational! Mostly disappointing!

  5. The thing about experiments is that you don't know how they will turn out - as a very famous scientist once said, "If we knew what was going to happen, we couldn't call it research!"

  6. Glad I found your blog. I have become more interested in embroidery lately and planning to make a series of pieces that may, or may not , get pieced together into a quilt.

    I love your approach and your experimentation. Wonderful work.


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