This post is inspired by one of my favorite fiber artists, India Flint. Her unique approaches to dyeing with anything found in nature is very inspiring, and her fabrics are breathtaking. If you are located in the Boston area and want to see her work in person, visit Gilda’s Boutique in Newton, MA. India’s work … Continue reading Pickled Silk
Dyeing with plant material is always such an adventure, especially when finding a new intriguing fruit or flower. I found these the other day on a walk in the woods and finally classified them as hickory nuts. I chopped them up and put them in a pot of water to soak for 3 days This is … Continue reading Hickory Nuts Dye – Part 2
We are getting close to that part of the year where berries and tree fruit are getting ripe (am watching my highly coveted elderberry bush very closely!). On my latest walk, I found these: Had no clue what they were. After extensive googling, I decided they are hickory nuts. Please correct me if I’m wrong! … Continue reading Hickory Nuts Dye – Part 1
This is the question a friend asked me out of the blue. ‘Do you meditate?’ Left me speechless for a minute because I had to think about what exactly she meant by ‘meditation’. I do not have an altar set up with candles and a statue symbolic of a faith. I do not sit cross legged … Continue reading FRIDAY FACETS – Do You Meditate?
I experimented with banana peels this week. There were a few more than overripe bananas left over, and I thought they might give a nice tone and pattern. I spread out the silk, laid out the bananas (cut in half), wrapped it up tightly, and put it in a zip lock bag for quick-composting. The … Continue reading FRIDAY FACETS – Appealing Peel or Not?
A while back, I shared my first adventure with bark dyeing. Preparing this particular dye is very tedious. The bark should preferably be free of any critters and soil, and has to be broken up into small pieces. Then it needs to soak in stagnant water for a few weeks, with a few stirs every … Continue reading FRIDAY FACETS – Bark it up 2
Please tell me I am not the only one who hoards saves special pieces of fabric, beads, findings, etc. for ‘the perfect project’. I have two things in particular that I cannot bring myself to use. One is a length of silk. It is spiderweb like in texture, a radiant blue. A true witness to … Continue reading FRIDAY FACETS – Venerated Pieces