More fabrics for sale!

Brown and tan herringbone fabric for sale. Quarter for scale of weave

Brown and tan herringbone fabric for sale. Quarter for scale of weave

In a previous post I shared a bunch of different fabrics that I have for sale. Well I’ve gone through my stash even further, and here are even more!  Continue reading

Silk screen workshop at the Natalie Gerber Studio

Preparing the screens for silk screening.

Preparing the screens for silk screening.

Alberta Culture Days is an annual event celebrating arts and culture throughout Alberta over three days at the end of September. If you’ve been following me on either Instagram or Facebook, you may have already seen some of these photos, from a silk screen workshop I took at the Natalie Gerber Studio at the King Edward cSpace as part of Alberta Culture Days.

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De-stashing my fabrics

Kelly Green imitation linen. The swatch looks teal, but it's really a Kelly green. Quarter for scale of the texture.

Kelly Green imitation linen. The swatch looks teal, but it’s really a Kelly green. Quarter for scale of the texture.

Over the past few years I’ve shared posts about going fabric shopping… well in this post I’m SELLING off some of the fabrics I’ve bought over the years.

Largely this is because I just don’t have the space for everything I have… nor the time to sew up everything.  Continue reading

Dyeing with apple leaves and twigs

Finished apple leave and twig-dyed wool yarn showed with undyed yarn for comparison.

Finished apple leave and twig-dyed wool yarn showed with undyed yarn for comparison.

In my last post about dyeing with apple tree bark, I showed off my finished yarn (sort of a soft mustard with a touch of peach… but in actuality I did the research first, and then did some totally different dyeing before going back to what I had researched.

I wanted the chance to dye just with apple leaves, and a chance to dye just with the bark – BUT in all of my research I got antsy… too antsy to wait for the bark to soak, and too antsy to find the alum for the leaves and do the pre-dye mordant.

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Natural dyeing with apple tree bark

natural white Romney handspun 2-ply wool dyed with apple tree twigs and bark

natural white Romney handspun 2-ply wool dyed with apple tree twigs and bark

We were trimming our apple trees this fall, and I thought I remembered something online about dyeing with apple tree bark. I did a super-quick search (as the branches were coming down practically) and found enough to make me want to save some of the branches for an experiment…

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