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Using Less Water & Energy to Get Color

By admin | April 18, 2012

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. […]

2012: The Year of More Color

By admin | January 9, 2012

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 […]

Sajou Veined Ivory Scissors

By admin | November 25, 2011

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 veined ivory and reproduce the Sajou “S”.  The finger rings are decorated with a scalloped festoon detail and one ring is embellished with a […]

Naturally Dyed Paste Papers from Deena Schnitman

By admin | November 20, 2011

Deena created these beautiful paste papers from Botanical Colors natural dyes and was inspired by ancient designs and forms from nature.  The art of paste paper making dates from the 17th century and were most commonly used as endpapers or book covers in bookbinding, but they also make beautiful accents for a journal or collage […]

Hand carved wooden scoops

By admin | November 6, 2011

Hand Carved Wooden Scoops-Beautiful tools make the creative process so much more pleasurable so we pounced on these lovely hand carved scoops, knowing they would be perfect for measuring dyes. Originally created for loose tea, our Chinese wooden scoop is equally suited for powdered extracts. The scoops feature ornately carved dragon heads, small birds, or […]

Tips For Pokeberry Dyeing on Wool

By admin | October 30, 2011

We’re pretty obsessed with pokeberry dyeing right now for dyeing wool, making ink and just squishing them up and dropping them on paper. They are SO intense and exciting to use. I visited Japanese textile artist and katazome instructor John Marshall in his studio in Covelo, Mendocino County a while back and was surprised to […]

New Aquarelle Recipes

By admin | October 27, 2011

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% […]

Hints & Tips for Natural Dyers: How to Minimize Indigo Crocking

By admin | October 22, 2011

1. It’s supposed to rub off. That’s why blue jeans fade. 2. Certain cultures attribute indigo crocking to its authenticity and prize the way that excess indigo comes off on the hands or body. I found a description from Duncan Clarke  of Adire African Textiles on how West African cultures dye and prepare indigo cloth: […]

Fil Au Chinois Waxed Linen Thread Capsules

By admin | October 10, 2011

The famous brand Fil au Chinois reproduced the packaging of their linen thread, sold in capsules (small round containers) in bygone days. This linen thread is lightly waxed to make sewing easier and is made in the north of France, the birthplace of Fil au Chinois. The label on the capsules is the famous character “Chinois”, the namesake of […]

The cochineal drought is over

By admin | October 6, 2011

A Perfect Red is a marvelous story about the history of the “discovery” of cochineal by Europe in the 16th century. The tiny  scale insect is one of the most compelling red colors in the natural dye palette and its introduction took Europe by a storm, garnering huge fortunes for Spain and England (who pirated […]