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On Pins and Needles

By admin | December 1, 2010

My weakness for beautiful tools was sorely tested these past few days, and I finally succumbed to the charms of these vintage needlework treasures.  The objets of my desire were  lovely  tools for sewing, stitching and lacemaking from a French company called Sajou.  Maison Sajou was founded in 1828 and was well known as a […]

Cyber Monday

By admin | November 28, 2010

When you read about Cyber Monday, one thinks of people glued to their computers, madly clicking away and purchasing plasma screen TV sets and oodles of electronica that are ON SALE for Cyber Monday through all the major retailers. Instead, why not celebrate Cyber Monday with a handmade gift?  There are some wonderful sites out […]

Holiday gift ideas

By admin | November 28, 2010

Looking for gift ideas for the serious textile artist?  That can sometimes be tricky, but here are some objects that we’ve chosen for beauty and functionality and we hope will be enjoyed for many years.  We spent the better part of last year searching for these items and discovered them in all sorts of unlikely […]

Bamboo scoops

By admin | November 21, 2010

Simple Bamboo Scoops-Another find that we uncovered in a dimly lit warehouse filled with antique treasures. These streamlined elegant scoops are carved from a single 6″ length of bamboo and are about 1 inch in diameter. The edges are nicely finished and smooth. Each scoop is stained a warm brown and comes with a simple […]

Today’s Color: Weld Yellow

By admin | October 27, 2010

I was so shocked when I first dyed with Today’s color: weld yellow.  I had no idea that this eye-dazzling yellow could come from a weedy looking, grassy smelling plant.  All the other yellow dyes I had tried: osage, fustic, pomegranate and myrobalan had been so much more discreet in their yellowness.  Their shades were […]

Today’s Color: Madder Red

By admin | October 4, 2010

Madder is one of the historical dyes of antiquity and has been used throughout Europe, Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent for centuries.  It is possible to see antique textiles from the 16th and 17th century that have been dyed with madder and the colors remain rich and vivid.  The famous Turkey Red recipe was […]

Natural Purple

By admin | September 13, 2010

Nearly every summer in Seattle is so cold that climatologists officially classify it as the Year of the Green Tomato, which is the phenomenon where you have tons of tomatoes but none of them ripen.  Ever.  I didn’t think we could grow eggplants here.  I was thrilled and amazed that kale and broccoli produced all […]

Accidental Indigo

By admin | September 12, 2010

I grew indigo this year.  Well, truthfully, the indigo grew itself.  The most successful plant is a volunteer that established itself in the garlic bed and has spread so much that it  is threatening to overtake the front walkway.  It’s bloomed and I am hoping I can gather some seeds from it.  The first batch […]