More Autumn Looks and Felted Scarves!

Hand-felted scarves have been a part of my wearable work for over a decade.  This Autumn/Winter I am including these pieces in my Petal looks!  They bring these layers fully into the season!  I will soon have these scarves available on-line for a limited time and in limited quantities.  Stay tuned for that announcement!

A/W 2018 – First Wave

Happy Fall!  New work for the new season!

Early days in the season, and so much more to come, but here is the latest so far:  I’m hand-painting, printing and dyeing stretch knits in a variety of weights and creating a lively mix of tees and tunics.  I’ve also added a new piece to the mix: the little fitted jacket!  More coming soon, including a number of new indigo-dyed pieces, as well as scarves, hats and totes.  Here are a few pieces from the collection.  For the expanded view, see the a/w 2018 gallery here.


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 includes pieces immersed in Indigo.  These pieces are made in very limited edition batches and are coming on-line now.   Thanks for visiting!

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 my forays into cloth “enrichment” over the years – felting, dyeing, printing, discharge, resist, burn-out, hand-spinning, crochet, machine-stitch processes, and more.  I couldn’t quite accept that this bundle of cloth came from my own hand – it was overwhelming to see it all together! …and also energizing.  (Just in time, as I am contemplating and beginning to work on the new seasons to come.)  We put a few outfits together and arrived at these looks, for which my beautiful friend graciously modeled –  I am delighted to share with you now!

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 right): Purples: Cochineal/Logwood; Pinks: Madder/Cochineal/Osage; Sage: Pomegranate/Iron/Indigo; Pomegranate/Iron/Madder.  Each piece is one-of-a-kind: each batch of cloth is small, yielding one to two garments at most; each piece created one at a time with a commitment to the pursuit of zero waste through various recovery techniques.  I am thrilled to report that all of the pieces in the images below have sold (!) but I will continue to create more in the months to come, including a new group/new fabrics emerging with this Fall’s collection.  All of these pieces are of hemp and cotton with external overlock detail.