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

Fibre Fair & Grandmother Goodies

Tapestry wool (and one spool of lovely linen) from the Fibre Fair

Tapestry wool (and one spool of lovely linen) from the Fibre Fair

Just a little shopping spree brag blog post here. I visited the Calgary Spring Fibre Festival on May 12, 2018 and picked up a few different items.

From one seller I bought a lovely spool of natural hemp (as recommended by my friend from @Black Sheep Textiles) and from Aubusson House Fibres Fine Yarn & Supplies I bought a number of spools of tapestry yarn. These were $10.00/lb, and I bought 3lbs. This should be plenty of yarn to play around with, and usually sells for $15.00 for a 1/4lb spool.  Continue reading

2018 Edmonton Grandmother’s Fabric Sale

Lining up to get into the Grandmother's Fabric Sale in Calgary

Lining up to get into the Grandmother’s Fabric Sale in Calgary

The Calgary Grandmother’s Fabric & Yarn Sale started yesterday and runs today – but the Edmonton sale is only a one-day sale.. and today is the day!

I’ve never had the chance to visit the Edmonton sale, (and won’t get the chance today either because I have a few other things to do) but if it follows the same price structure and variety as the Calgary, Red Deer, and Lethbridge charity sales I’ve been to – it should be a must-visit if you are in YEG!

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2018 Grandmother’s Fabric Sales

Lots of people lined up to get into the 2017 Grandmother's fabric sale. I was so far back, even though I got there an hour early!

Lots of people lined up to get into the 2017 Grandmother’s fabric sale. I was so far back, even though I got there an hour early!

I’ve already posted about the Calgary sale… but here are other Grandmother’s Fabric Sales happening for 2018.

Red Deer

The Red Deer Grandmother’s Fabric Sale will take place on April 21. They’re currently looking for donations which can be dropped off at Gaetz Memorial Church.  More information about the group and the sale on their website.

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