Video From LIVE FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Honeyfolk Clothing

This week’s FEEDBACK FRIDAY was with Heidi Iverson, Founder of Honeyfolk Clothing. Heidi was one of the original founders of Fibershed, an organization we love and respect so much. Watch the video recording here: Honeyfolk Clothing is entirely handcrafted by Heidi Iverson, in her studio surrounded by second-growth Redwoods in Western Sonoma County. She also devotes time to various forms of textile arts, primarily knitting and natural dyeing with plants and flowers she hand gathers or cultivates. While cutting pieces for the collection, all smaller off-cuts are set aside and re-used in various projects that require small pieces, like quilts … Read more

Video From LIVE FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Rebecca Burgess of Fibershed

This week, we’ve got video from our live FEEDBACK FRIDAY featuring Rebecca Burgess of Fibershed.  Rebecca Burgess is the executive director of Fibershed, chair of the board for Carbon Cycle Institute, and the author of Harvesting Color as well as Fibershed-Growing a Movement of Farmers, Fashion Activists, and Makers for a New Textile Economy. Watch the recording here: Some things that Rebecca mentioned today: -The main Fibershed website. –3 maps showing Fibershed’s Regional Fiber Manufacturing Initiative. The first half of 2020 focused on mapping the ecosystem for the supply and processing of wool, linen, hemp, cotton, natural dyes, and hides. … Read more

Organic Jeans, Naturally Sourced & Indigo Dyed in Northern California

The San Francisco Chronicle writes: “Rebecca Burgess is on a quest for the perfect jeans. And by perfect, she means a good fit, but also something much deeper than that. Her denim has to have a good conscience. Her dream pants need to be made without heavy metal-based synthetic dyes that pollute the environment, woven with non-GMO organic cotton, and constructed using materials sourced within 150 miles of her west Marin home. The garment must be handcrafted by local artists, not machines or destitute laborers in a faraway sweatshop. It’s a tall order. So tall, she had to fill it … Read more

New Dye Journal In Bay Area An Impressive Collective of Natural Dyers

What a fantastic new dye journal by PlantsPeople, based out of the Bay area and totally readable online. Contact Deepa Preeti Natarajan, founder of PlantsPeople if you’d like a hard copy otherwise read here. Including the brilliant minds of Rebecca Burgess of Fibershed​, Sasha Duerr of the Permacouture Institute, ​Kristine Vejar of A Verb for Keeping Warm​ and BIOhue.

10 Natural Dye Instagram Feeds We Can’t Get Enough Of

We love being inspired by our community and to see who is doing what and where! While some of these feeds are a little new to Instagram, others are seasoned members and continue to inspire. Here are 10 feeds we can’t stop going back to but are no means the complete list. Who have we forgotten? Let us know and we’ll add on! And don’t forget to find us on Instagram as well as Botanical Colors! A Verb For Keeping Warm Kristine Vejar, Oakland, CA “Spinning, dyeing, knitting, felting, weaving, and sewing are all verbs used to describe how communities … Read more

The Top 5 Natural Dye Stories That Had You Clicking…

Each week, we take a look at the last to see what the stories were on our Facebook and Twitter feeds that had you clicking through. Here are the top 5 that had some resonance with you! Natural Dyes and Papermaking on The Fiber Wire: “These natural dye experiments started with standing in line at the store, my cart overflowing with stainless steel pots, the woman behind me chuckling, ‘Looks like someone’s doing some cooking!’ I smiled and replied that, yes, I had a lot of cooking ahead of me. I decided not to mention what I’d be cooking – cotton.” … Read more