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Friday, October 25, 2013

leaves are falling...

Leaves were falling, just like embers,
In colors red and gold, they set us on fire
Burning just like moonbeams in our eyes.

(lyrics from "killing the blues"/ robert plant & alison krauss)

sunny days in late autumn - what a gift! t-shirt temperatures, the sun is luring me to stroll around in the neighbourhood with my camera and a basket to collect some leaves.

of course i can not conserve the whole brightness of these leaves, but i try to save some of them for future projects.
they might become book-envelopes or parts of fabric collages or whatever...
i will enhance them with stitching (machine or/and hand), at least that´s my plan now.

my "recipe" is easy: sandwich the leaves between layers of vliesofix (that is the german term, i think that is "wonder-under" in other countries?), covered with organza. bottom layer is cotton. don´t forget the parchment paper when ironing!
i´m not sure if they will keep the color over time or brown a bit... will see...


  1. Hach Johanna, da hast Du ja wirklich wunderschöne Blätter gesammelt.
    Bin schon gespannt, was da mal draus wird ;o)

  2. Hach sind das schöne Schmachtfotos und Dein Sammelsurium ist auch wunderschön.
    Ich wünsch dir ein schönes sonniges WE,
    lG Anja

  3. So schöne farbenfrohe Fotos! Und Deine Ideen sind auch wieder prächtig! Da bin ich auch gespannt, ob sich die Farben halten werden. Du berichtest doch sicher...
    Alles Liebe, Manuela

  4. Eien tolle Idee! Ich bin gespannt, was aus den blättern entstehen wird.
    Das Foto in der Mitte hat mich schier umgehauen, so schön ist es!

  5. How beautiful your colors of leaves and the artistic and lovely way you are preserving them! xxoo

  6. Oh SO beautiful Johanna and what a great idea and process...thank you for sharing that.

    When our boys were little we would gather leaves and put them in between pieces of wax paper (the kitchen stuff) and iron them to making ornaments to hang in the window.

    The golden Ginkgo leaves always speak to me with their pretty fan shapes...I found out they are a symbol of friendship.

    Happy Autumn Daze to you dear Johanna...I have that song playing in my head now :)

  7. Ja, der Oktober meint es dieser Tage wirklich gut mit uns. Die Blätterfärbung ist einfach nur herrlich. Viel Erfolg mit dem Blätterpressen und konservieren.

  8. Beautiful photos, Joanna, and such a good idea to preserve those magnificent leaves for later use.


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