Archive for the ‘Dyeing’ Category

Woven Shibori

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

Throughout the month of May, my friend Elisa and I spent our Saturdays at the Weaver’s Guild taking a wonderful class on woven shibori taught by Traudi Bestler.  Woven shibori was developed by Catharine Ellis and it was her book, Woven Shibori, that we worked from throughout the class.


Painted Skeins

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

Today I took the Paint A Wool Skein class at the Weavers Guild.  Aimee Radman is a great teacher and it was a really fun class.


We mixed enough colors to paint two skeins.  The hardest part was waiting for the colors to set and yarns to cool before the final rinse. skein2_2



The colors really blossomed beautifully after finishing.



What a great class!


My New Little Friends

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Tonight I had a great dinner with my good friend rhymeswithfun for our belated Christmas gift exchange.  I will have to post tomorrow about the top secret project I’ve spent the last few weeks working on for her, but I just had to post tonight about the ADORABLE owls she made for me.  I absolutely love them.  Check out the little guy’s hair!!


Sneak Peak

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Here’s a sneak peak of some of my triple dye scarves that will be making an appearance at Finch’s Boutique next month…

Procrastination Can Be a Beautiful Thing

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

I leave for China in less than 36 hours.  For two weeks.  And I’ve not yet packed a single thing.


Instead, I spent my last October Sunday afternoon dyeing a second round of scarves.  Most I plan to dye a third time to get even more color depth, but here are the ones I’ve decided to keep as true Double Dyes.

The first round colors were Baby Pink, Sapphire Blue, Primary Yellow, and Tangerine that were overdyed with Plum, Pewter, and Chocolate.  My second round dye baths did nothing that I thought they would, but I still like they way these scarves turned out.

Once again, I am in awe of the Double Dye!!

Indigo Dyeing

Saturday, October 4th, 2008
Today I took Indigo Dyeing at The Fiber Studio with Virginia Parent. What a great class!
Indigo dyeing is fascinating. The dye vat is a yellowish-green and so are the fibers…until you introduce oxygen. As soon as you pull your wool out of the bath and the fibers hit air, the color turns to green and then blue. The color transformation happened too fast for me to grab my camera in time, but it was beautiful.
I dipped my yarn three times and what fantastic results!

Double Dye!

Sunday, August 31st, 2008
My friend Suzie and I just finished up a two part class at the Textile Center called Double Dyeing. It was all about shibori dyeing and taught by Sandra Brick, a wonderful teacher who was great for pulling me away from my left-brained habits and pushing my comfort zone to the limit. Put purple next to orange? Pink next to green? Not in my manufacturing world you don’t – you get brown muck. But in Double Dyeing, you get truly beautiful results.
Shibori is the Japanese word for putting patterns on cloth by using several different methods of dyeing. In our first class we learned how to braid, twist, clamp, and bind silk scarves. When submerged in the dye baths, the areas of fabric that are held tightly together resist the color and leave behind beautiful patterns.
We also did some discharge dyeing. We took black cloth, clamped it, bleached it to reveal any color that might be underneath, and then reclamped & redyed it.
Sandra took us to the next level by having us take our single dyed scarves, re-clamp/twist/bind/braid them and throw them into another dye bath. The results were stunning.
Our second week we learned the arashi, or pole-dyeing, method. We used big fat wine bottles instead of poles (or trees, like the Japanese do), but the idea is the same.
Sandra almost made my head explode when she reclamped my blue & green scarf and threw it in the plum bath. Triple dyeing? Beautiful.
Such a fantastic class – hooray for Double Dye!!