As I think about what to write about Summer fruits, the third colourway of my most reason batch of Eco Weaving Kits, I realise that this fruity selection of yarns demonstrates perfectly what I mentioned in my previous post about these kits being an example of inspiration and materials just coming to me in the course of my every day life.
These colours very literally did that. In my recent trip north to Queensland I collected and purchased food from the roadside and markets. Food that I don't have easy access to in Melbourne: locally grown passionfuit, mango and lychee, native Davidson's plum and quandong harvested from the rainforest, masses of enormous prickly pear growing like weeds by the roadside.
These three images are from my Instagram and were taken on my recent road trip: passionfruit from The Channon market, quandong from the rainforest floor in Maleny, mango and lychee from a roadside stall. As these tropical delights came my way, I collected, consumed and put aside the skin and flesh in jars to begin the solar dyeing process. When I continued and completed the process on returning home, dyeing and overdyeing with the fruits that I found.
The results were these yarns: a golden yellow from mango, soft mauve from passionfruit, deep orange from lychee and prickly pear and a rosy purple from Davidson's plum. They are available to purchase together as part of the Eco Weaving Kit or separately in addition to the kit. I have to admit that I will be reluctant to see these beautiful yarns move from their fruity yarn bowl.