Adventures in Natural Dyeing: The Outback Afghan Project

Spin Off contributor Brian McCarthy learned to spin shortly after his retirement. Soon he became fascinated with natural dyeing and Navajo plying. In the Winter 2019 issue, Brian shared his interest with seeing what colours he could obtain from the plants he encountered in his environment and the resulting afghan projects were inspired by the Australian Outback.

It did not take long for it to dawn on me that there was a strong correspondence between the colours extracted from plants and those dominating the landscapes of the Australian Outback: the parched, hardy grasses and scrub of the plains; the salt pans and dry watercourses; the ochre sand dunes; and the rocky ridges, gorges, and escarpments of stark, barren ranges.

I began a series of projects to evoke the natural scenery of the Outback using naturally dyed fibre and handspun yarn.

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1 Response to Adventures in Natural Dyeing: The Outback Afghan Project

  1. Alison says:

    Beautiful and creative achievement by our member Brian, here at Berry. Hope you enjoy the very informative article.

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