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A happy and a healthy new year

A pot of blue water lily and lotus

I have added one more colour to my natural dyed fabrics. These  few pieces are black berry dyed. The pile is growing and I like to experiment.

Black berry dyed
All fabric used here are my natural dyed ones. The finished project is about 15x17 inches.

My attempt was to get the likeness of blue water lily, as well as the lotus buds. I placed the material accordingly, so I would get the colours I had in mind for the flowers and the pot.

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I tried my best keep the back of the piece as clean as possible.  This time I am quite pleased with the final result. These types of work does take time and some patience.

Thrift store items

Last but not least couple of interesting finds at the thrift store apart from my usual fabric. I have had not much luck finding knickknacks.

It was the picture that caught my eye in here. I paid 0.99cents for it. However, when I got home I did a bit of google search as I was curious and learnt about the history of these chinaware. I also found this similar item on ebay. My one does not have it's handle but still I can use/display it.

And as for this one, it is just perfect to store many little craft items which did not have a proper place before.

Thank you for stopping by and leaving me lovely,sweet, encouraging comments this year. It means a lot to me.

I wish you all a happy 2013 !!!

Until next project,


  1. your natural dyeing has lovely delicate shades of colour and the finished piece is beautiful. some good buys you made in the thrift shop

    1. Thank you, Margaret. I was excited to find something interesting at the thrift store.

  2. Hi Gaia, You have a beautiful, original and distinctive style in your fabric art. I love the muted shades in this piece. Wendy

  3. Hello Gaia, I am enjoying your creativity. You are an inspiration to me!
    Keep up your lovely work.


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