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A Breakthrough in Natural Dyes

By admin | May 18, 2011

Botanical Colors is offering a new line of liquid natural dyes that are perfectly suited for immersion dyeing, printing and painting.  The colors are saturated and beautiful and the color line includes an indigo that does not require the traditional vat process.  This means you can add this indigo (Saxon Blue) right into your dyepot along […]

Natural dye recipes without Logwood Grey

By admin | May 9, 2011

Having been unpleasantly surprised to discover that Logwood Grey, one of the workhorse dyes of the natural dye palette is a synthetic dye, I have been experimenting with alternatives that don’t use this color.  I’ve also stopped offering it for sale on the site. If you still want to use Logwood, make your own Logwood […]

Natural Dye Palette for 2012

By admin | February 17, 2011

            Welcome to the first Botanical Colors palette formulated for natural dyes.  These different color ideas were gleaned from trend forecasts, publications and presentations I attended over the past few months and represent my interpretation of the trends.  Use these colors as ideas for a direction; they are not edicts […]

India Flint: Creating Mindful Color

By admin | January 24, 2011

Once in a great while a book about natural dyeing comes along that completely changes my perspective on creating color and Eco Colour: Botanical Dyes for Beautiful Textiles by India Flint has my mind buzzing with the possibilities of using natural dyes in a whole new way.  Ms. Flint is an Australian artist who collects […]

Marrakech

By admin | January 1, 2011

I have a friend who leaves Seattle annually and wanders the globe for months, eluding the dark, cold and gray of the Pacific Northwest for as long as she can.  Her countries of choice are usually sunny, Mediterranean and are situated well below the 47th parallel.  This year, she chose Istanbul and generously invited me […]

Japanese urushi lacquer scoops

By admin | December 4, 2010

I love lacquer and have been fortunate to receive lacquered bowls, chopsticks and bento boxes from my relatives in Japan over the years.  And I was so pleased to learn that lac dye is derived from shellac, which I assumed was where lacquer came from.  It was a very nice tie-in with the beautiful lac […]

Sajou Sewing Set #3

By admin | December 3, 2010

A delightful small sewing box covered with blue and white paper like those used for the Mercerie vintage style storage boxes. Tailor’s chalk and tacking thread give it a dressmaker’s focus, but it is suitable for all needle art enthusiasts. The top of the cover has a pink Art Deco style cover of a girl and kitten playing with spools of thread […]

Fil au Chinois Waxed Linen Thread Cards

By admin | December 3, 2010

Before there were wooden and plastic thread spools, there were thread cards. These threads are decoratively wrapped around a Fil au Chinois cardboard holder in a beautiful star pattern and come in saturated bright colors. Each color has a different depiction of the Fil au Chinois character. Choose from 6 individual colors or a six pack of all the colors.  Available online only. […]

Paris Thread Winder

By admin | December 3, 2010

Cotton and linen threads were often presented on thread cards, capsules or cocoons prior to the need for a sewing machine spool. The choice of forms and colors was  varied and these cards have now become a charming collectible item.This series depicts the beloved Eiffel Tower in six colors: orange, red, mauve, blue, pale green […]

Honfleur Thread Winder

By admin | December 3, 2010

Cotton and linen threads were often presented on thread cards, capsules or cocoons prior to the need for a sewing machine spool. The choice of forms and colors was very varied and these cards have now become a charming collectible item. The Honfluer thread winders feature beautifully rendered butterfly drawings. Imagine your precious handspun yarn […]