The “Mountain/Ocean” Tunic

Spotlighting Petal’s “Mountain/Ocean” Tunic this month which has been a part of the collection since 2015. While I am still making the original, fitted, figure-flattering version in cotton/lycra, a more recent version (introduced this time last year) is a relaxed, loose-fitting version in soy/cotton/spandex.  Both have light to moderate stretch and all pieces are made with cloth painted, dyed or printed by the designer, unless otherwise noted.  Also common to both are center-front kanga pocket and draw-tie cowl/collar details.  Look for new modification options on the piece soon!  My very latest collection… Read More

An Abundance of Cloth

I recently had the opportunity to return again to the home of a friend in Guanajuato, GTO, Mexico. My friend, who I have known for nearly 25 years, has been my biggest unconditional cheerleader, encouraging me at every stage of my fabric and fiber endeavors (my gratitude overflows) …and she has accumulated quite a collection of my wearable pieces over the years (and counting). Not long after I arrived, she pulled out all of the pieces, a fraction of which is featured in the first image below.  This collection represents all of… Read More

Petal Naturals

The collection progresses and, for all intents and purposes, summer has arrived in the humid S.E.U.S.  Indigo continues to be part of my work and was the focus of my last post.  In addition to indigo-dyed cloth, Petal-Una’s seasonal collections will now also feature cloth painted and printed with naturally sourced colorants.  The color range with natural dyes is extensive and I am delighted to finally be adding them into my studio practice!  The following are selected images of pieces created so far.  Colorants used in these pieces: (top to bottom/left to… Read More

New Looks are In – Part II

A few years back I studied briefly with hand-weaver and natural dye expert Catharine Ellis with whom I learned how to enrich cloth with plant- and insect-based colorants.  This Spring I am finally introducing indigo-dyed cloth (as well as other natural colorants – post coming soon) into my wearable collections!  Pieces include both straight immersion (solid indigo) and cloth pre-printed with natural dyes then overdyed with indigo.  I’ll have more information in the future about all of the colorants I use in my work.  Meanwhile, here are some pieces from that group. … Read More

Winter Studio

Things are progressing in the studio this Winter…I always like to start out a season’s collection working in natural/undyed cloth.  Here are some of the first pieces in a wonderful oat linen gauze.  Looks are coming soon!