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  • Handmade Mother of Pearl Scissors

    These handmade luxury scissors are inspired by the Charles X era famous for the sophistication and quality of its objects and the scissors are beautifully rendered replicas. The handles are imitation mother of pearl and have ornately decorated shafts.   The finger rings are smooth ovals and one ring is embellished with a satin pompom […]

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  • Handmade Tortoiseshell Scissors

    These handmade luxury scissors are inspired by the Charles X era famous for the sophistication and quality of its objects and the scissors are beautifully rendered replicas. The handles are imitation tortoiseshell  The finger rings are smooth ovals and one ring is embellished with a satin pompom tassel.  The finished article is a very lightweight […]

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  • Earth Day is April 22

    In 1969, the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland caught fire. Although it wasn’t the first time the river burned, it became the symbol of the desperate condition of American waterways choked by pollution and spurred the passage of the Clean Water Act. A year later, 20 million Americans rallied on April 22 – the first Earth […]

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  • Using Less Water & Energy to Get Color

    I’ve been thinking about how to get more natural color while using less water and energy. Here are some simple tips: 1.  Try some of the innovative dye techniques as practiced by India Flint and Kimberly Baxter Packwood. Both these artists create using low-water and low resource methods that yield surprising and very beautiful results. […]

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  • 2012: The Year of More Color

    How is it that we can look at a washing machine that is Harvest Gold and instantly date it to the 70’s?  Or say “Santa Fe colors” and know that we’re speaking of a greenish teal, terra cotta, sage green and mauve?  The answer is color forecasting.  Each year a number of color experts meet […]

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  • Sajou Vintage Style Thread Winders

                              These  die-cut cardboard thread winders were used to store and organize precious threads for needlework.   Each set is printed on both sides and based on authentic vintage designs from Sajou’s extensive collection of French needlework accessories.  The patterns feature designs based on […]

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  • Soft Silk and Cotton Scarves

    A very light and supple weave that’s perfect for artful draping.  This scarf is 90% silk and 10% cotton woven in a check pattern where the cotton forms the checks and the silk is the background.  It takes dyes beautifully.  If you are using Aquarelle liquid indigo/Saxon Blue, the silk will dye a medium aqua […]

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  • Handwoven Cotton and Muga Silk Shawl

    This is a wonderfully toothy handwoven shawl decorated with a traditional pattern of wild Muga silk from Assam, located in the northeastern part of India.  This area boasts both the prized golden Muga and Eri (“peace silk”) cultivation and  Muga is known for its glossy fine texture and durability and a distinctive deep golden brown […]

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  • Pokeberry Dyeing

    I visited Japanese textile artist and katazome instructor John Marshall in his studio in Covelo, Mendocino County two weeks ago and was surprised to see that his entire front yard was covered in pokeberry bushes.  Now those of you who have been dyeing with pokeberries for years need to stop snickering and let me have […]

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  • New Aquarelle Recipes

    There’s an incredible range of colors we get from the Aquarelle liquid natural dyes. Brilliant madder red, rust, olive green, a lovely soft pink, periwinkle and a whole host of blue shades that are soft and inviting. Try out some of these: Persian Tile: 15-20% Aluminum Sulfate, 8% Liquid Indigo/Saxon Blue Cornflower Blue: 15-20% Aluminum Sulfate, 5% […]

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