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Some of the Best Quilting Cotton Was Hand-Dyed in Japan Thirty Years Ago

Okan Arts imports vintage Japanese yukata cottons for adventuresome quilters. Okan Arts, owned by textile and natural dye artist Patricia Belyea, is a home-based shop in Seattle, bursting with over 1,000 bolts of vintage Japanese cotton. Hand-dyed by artisans in Japan from 20 to 50 years ago, the cottons radiate luscious colors and a graphic […]

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Your Go-To Denim Jeans Love Indigo

This series on Denimhunters by Thomas Stege Bojer is really good and if you’ve ever wondered how your go-to denim jeans are made, this is place to go. Of course we love part three on indigo dyeing and all the complexities of natural vs. synthetic when it comes to scaling production. Bojer writes: “Indigo is […]

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This Indigo DIY Dye Project Will Spice Up Any Holiday Table

Image: Kate Miss for Bust Magazine Bust Magazine writes: “The fabric-dye trend is everywhere right now; people are going crazy for tie-dyeing, immersion dyeing, natural dyeing, and of course, shibori. The last one is often mistaken as tie-dye, but it’s actually in a category of its own. Shibori is a Japanese method in which fabric […]

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VIDEO: An Exploration of Place and Natural Dyes, Cordova Alaska

Paul Gaugin was once quoted as saying “Color! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams.” It’s true. Those who stop to marvel at the color all around them easily see the mysteries- looking deeply into the crashing roll of a wave, the veins on a leaf, the back of a beetle tooling […]

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VIDEO: A Dyeing Life

The New York Times writes about Han Shan, who “disillusioned with China’s urban dream” as a young man set off on a 15-year walk and rediscovered his family’s ethnic Miao traditions. So touching. To get your own blue hands and to discover the wonders of turning cloth a new hue of indigo, go here.

Used by permission from photographer Bobby Bonaparte

On Makers Row: 8 Frequently Asked Questions About Natural Colors and Dyes

(Previously published on Makers Row) What are natural dyes? Natural dyes are textile colorants that are derived from plants, insects and other natural materials. They are steeped in history, mystery and lore and each culture has its own set of prized colors, traditions and meanings. Prior to the mid-19th century, all dyes were from the […]

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2016 Botanical Colors Classes & Workshops!

Keep these dates in mind for natural dye classes with Botanical Colors. We are setting up the registration process and will open for registration on Monday, April 25th. You can register directly with FisherFolk and Madison Wool by contacting them through their websites. June 25 through July 3rd, FisherFolk Fiber Retreat in Cordova Alaska FisherFolk […]

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Earth Day With Green Eileen!

We had a blast with the Green Eileen team on Earth Day at the Green Eileen shop in Seattle. The store hosted a cocktail party and featured gently worn EILEEN FISHER clothing for sale overdyed with Botanical Colors dyes. Indigo, pomegranate and madder were just a few of the colors used. Check out the party […]

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Join Us! Week-Long Fiber Retreat and Festival in Cordova, Alaska

We’ll be one of the 10 instructors at this amazing week-long fiber retreat and festival June 24th to July 3rd, put on by the fabulous Dotty Widmann and The Net Loft in Cordova, Alaska called the Cordova Gansey Project. Join us as we journey outdoors to harvest and dye with a variety of local plants […]

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How to Get Pantone’s 2016 Color(s) Of The Year With Natural Dyes

For the first time Pantone introduced not one but TWO shades for 2016 Color of the Year: Rose Quartz and Serenity.  Pantone describes the colors: Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, […]

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