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As we have new class photos, fun new show and tell ourselves, or special projects our customers bring in to share, we'll post them here!

Dip Day Show & Tell!

Apr 30th....

I invited the participants of last summer's two shibori classes here to come back for a free "dip day" so they could use my freshly recharged indigo vat to dye any shibori pieces they may have worked on over the winter months.

Quite a few participants were away for school vacation, one was very involved in the weekend's Quilt Show in Essex and several were from out of state anyway and weren't going to fly back here for a day!  So only 3 participants were able to avail themselves of the opportunity. But what great shibori's they did! And the three had a lot of fun catching up, comparing notes and dyeing all day!

Here are some of the results from the day.....from shibori on a pre-existing garment to shibori on fabric swatches to be incorporated into some other project and from overdying a previously sewn (and sashiko'd) bag and it's  lining (commercial handles bled when the bag was washed it)  to  simply overdyeing some "experiments" to "see what happens".....lots of successes and learning!


Apr 9th....

Paka is the Quechuan word for "treasure" - that's how this lovely new pima cotton yarn by Mirasol got its name, Pima Paka! 

Peru's climate is ideal for growing cotton - lots of sun, seasonal rainfall and fertile soil! Historically, Peru grew many colors of cotton - brown, green, blue and even pink! Today the lovely white pima is the largest crop of cottons grown in the coastal valleys. The cotton flower does not tolerate chemical treatment and pesticides, so this crop is grown organically.

And the fiber is manually harvested, assuring only the best fibers with fewest impurities get into the yarn.

We've identified several simple summer tops from Ravelry and our own pattern database here that would be lovely for this yarn, so stop by to check it out and pick up a quick, short sleeve or Tee project for the spring! 

Discharge Shibori

Apr 9th....

Learning to discharge (remove color without bleach but in a controlled manner) fabric and then subsequently dye it allows one to have lots of fun layering colors.

And to add shibori techniques on top of it - whether traditional Japanese designs or simple tie-dye techniques allows you to add pattern as well.

During this class in May, participants will have a chance to learn it all - dyeing with cellulosic dyes, discharging, and a couple of basic shibori techniques.

Check out this, and other classes offered here this summer.