Block printing workshop during Alberta Culture Days

Working on some potato block printing at Alberta Culture Days

Working on some potato block printing at Alberta Culture Days

In an earlier post I mentioned taking a silk screening workshop at the Natalie Gerber Studio for Alberta Culture Days.

Along with that workshop, I also took a block printing class with textile designer Charis Birchall. I wasn’t sure what kind of medium we’d be working with when I signed up for the class… but when I got there it became clear – there was a bag of potatoes on the table! Continue reading

Avocado dyeing

The colour of avocado dye on linen, silk, and wool is so similar to the peonies in my backyard

The colour of avocado dye on linen, silk, and wool is so similar to the peonies in my backyard

If you’ve read my blog for a while you’ll know that I am really enjoying exploring natural dyes. I don’t suspect I’ll ever be as prolific or dive in as deep as others I know, but I’m having fun at the moment.

As part of that, I like the idea of using found-dyestuffs; things from my garden or wanderings, or in this case, my kitchen. While lots of natural dyestuffs are available by order, these found-dyestuffs appeal to me – for lots of reasons, including economy! Continue reading