Category: Dyeing

November 2017

Guild members Toni Burton and Jeff Botten shared many items from their extensive ethnic textile collection. Other members also brought items to share — the morning was a combination of a visual and tactile treat and a trip around the world in handwork!

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Toni and Jeff with some of their Indonesian ikat weavings.

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Assorted South East Asian and Chinese items.

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Embroidered table linens, silver, jewelry, and a knitted sweater from Fotini’s trousseau.  All these items were made in the town in Greece that she comes from.

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Counted thread cross-stitch made by Graham, from a Danish pattern.  He did this piece while he was studying weaving in Copenhagen in the 1950s.


April 2017 — Ice Dyeing

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Cathy Kind showed us gorgeous examples of her work using  various  dyeing techniques on fabric and scarves.  Here (left)  she’s holding a cut velvet scarf dyed in two different colors in a single dyepot, using Alter Ego and Dupont Classique dyes.  The scarf she’s wearing and the yellow and purple fabric she’s holding (left) are dyed using the ice dyeing technique.

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Here are small strips of a variety of ice dyed fabrics.  We all left with a great desire to give it a try!  More info here: Learn to Ice Dye.



November 2016 — Paper Play

Seaview member Patty Leinweber led us in a fun exploration of glue and colored paper.  We peeled apart the layers of dyed or painted paper towels, tore them into shapes and glued them  (using thinned white glue) to a backing sheet of paper, either black or white.  Tissue paper works well, also.


Finished pieces can be used in card making or other paper crafts.


Toni and Fotina are happily gluing!


Another fun idea  for this technique is to glue paper towel or tissue paper to the edges of cardstock to make gift tags.


Or just apply the glue and paper pieces to slick plastic sheeting, like visqueen.  Once it’s dry, peel it off the plastic for a translucent material you can use in various ways.


November Meeting

Valerie lead us in a damp but fun workshop onmaking felted flowers.  First a base shape is felted, and cut to the size and shape wanted.

Then, some additional fiber can be felted on to add detail

Flower base

resulting in a lovely flower!

Flower finished

Beads and a pinback need to be added.

Green flower

And they can be any color that amuses.

The best thing at Show and Tell was Heather’s amazing wall hanging. This is a hand painted silk warp, woven with a silk weft, that will be installed in the dining room of her client. The framework  will support it vertically and will give the effect of a  cascading waterfall. Sure hope we get to see some pictures of it in place!

Wall hanging

Heather is on the right, above.

Wall hanging

All we can say is, “Wow!”

May Meeting

 In the Better Late Than Never category, here’s a report on our May, 2007 meeting:

Cheri shows

Cheri Bridges of Ah! Kimono taught a fabulous workshop on Japanese shibori dyeing.
Cheri’s samples

Cheri brought some wonderful samples to inspire us! The pieces in the picture are all her work — the indigo fabric in the first picture was made in Japan.

Silk scarves could first be underdyed, or not.  Then they were folded and carefully stitched in various patterns.

Ready for my (dye) bath!

The stitching is pulled up tight to create a resist, and the scarf is ready to go into a second dyebath.

Finished scarves

Here are our finished scarves —

We loves our scarves!

And here we are, wearing them!

Annie and her hats

Our April meeting featured a fabulous talk by Anne de Vuono, who makes the most amazing hats! I didn’t think to get more pictures of them, but do check out her website. She gave us an overview of the history of hats, and explained some of the techniques she uses.  Then she showed us two amazingly cool things to do with ribbon.  If you are very nice, I’ll post pictures later.

Show and Tell — click to enlarge thumbnails

Just how long is this?Yum!Silk warp
Heather is back from Costa Rica, and showed us the fabulous dyework she was able to do there. Above left, she and Patty are stretching out the dyed portion of the warp, which so far has the colorways of three different hummingbirds. The remaining undyed warp is that luscious pile of silk in the middle, and take a closer look at those fabulous colors!  Above, the warp slightly spread out, below, slid together for your amazement. The total warp length is 18 meters.

Silk warp

All I can say is, Wow!

Valerie’s harps

Valerie free motion machine embroidered a harp motif for a bag, them scanned the image and used it with some of the paper techniques Patty showed us last month.

Ruth and JaneRuth’s blanket

Ruth had a surprise when she washed the blanket she showed us last month.  She thought it was all acrylic yarn, but it turns out most of it was wool, so it shrank quite a bit.  The later part of the weft was acrylic, so she cut off that portion. The wool part is soft and lovely, and the striping from the sleying disappeared.  The acrylic part still shows the striped effect — it’s the top layer in the picture on the right.

Michele’s doll

Michele took a class at In the Beginning and made this gorgeous doll.

March Show and Tell

We had another bounty of Show and Tell at our March meeting.  A lot of it was for our Art Page exchange, which I will cover in another post, but here are some others items that were shared.  Please click on the thumbnails to enlarge.

Ruth’s blanket

Ruth wove this beautiful blanket double-width on her 36″ loom.

Ruth’s blanket detail

Here’s a detail of Ruth’s blanket.   The striped effect comes from the way she sleyed it in the reed.  We’re all curious to see how it looks after it is washed, but she hadn’t had a chance to do that yet.

Mary’s wool

Mary has been dyeing wool and spinning it in these luscious colors.  The shorter skein of yellowy green towards the right is silk.

 Mona’s flags

Mona brought some fabric prayer flags that her Monday Night Creative Group exchanged.  They dyed the fabric and printed it with blocks of their own design.

Valerie’s leaves

Valerie made lots of the beautiful beaded leaves that Heather taught us the technique for in February.

Astrid brought two knitted items, a shawl and also a scarf for her charity project.

Heather among the hummingbirds

Heather is traveling in Costa Rica, observing hummingbirds, taking notes, and even doing some dyework to capture the elusive beauty of those jewels of the air. If you look closely, the large bird at the feeder closest to her in this picture is a saber-wing hummingbird. Here are a few excerpts from her email journal:

At the [Monteverde Cloud Forest] Reserve, we walked up a flight of stairs to reach the “Hummingbird Gallery”, which was a terrace about 20 feet long by 10 feet wide with 6 or 7 hummingbird feeders hanging about. But the hummingbirds!!! They were everywhere. We saw violet saberwings, green crowned brilliants, mountain gems, green violet ears, and even a coppery headed emerald. When you stood still near the feeders, they would ignore you, for the most part, and eventually they would use your body to do aerial acrobatic maneuvers around. Several times we stood next to each other (maybe a foot between us) and one hummer would chase another in between us – talk about close formation flying! We were both glad we wore glasses as more than once one would fly close enough to our face to make a breeze in our hair! The “Cloud Forest” lived up to its name during the 2 hours we watched the hummingbirds. It sprinkled off and on the entire time, but we were so entranced we hardly noticed the wetness. I managed to take notes on the violet saberwings and the green crowned brilliants today, and we plan to return Saturday to for me to study the green violet ear and the mountain gem. They are both much smaller, and are going to be real challenges to create as they have so many color changes on those little bodies! Heck, the green crowned brilliant, although bigger, was a tough nut to crack as he just would NOT flash his purple throat at me so that I could note the color! I must have watched him for close to 30 minutes JUST for that little purple spot!
I wish you all could have heard the sounds they made flying around – buzzing and chittering at each other, and us! It was really magical.

As the sun sets, the numerous bird species are raucously singing, squalking, calling and chirling their way into the night. Now I hear the macaws calling their loud call, with the softer and higher chitter of the hummingbirds adding counterpoint rhythm. The colors of green on the canyon sides range from the darkest green-black to emerald to chartreuse to lime. I just looked up to see the most beautiful hummingbird, a new one, that looked to have a long curved bill, and was colored a brilliant sapphire blue. The long curved bill suggests that he is a “hermit”, perhaps one on my list. I will have to look him up and report on what, in fact, he is.


This morning we slept in, then took a taxi over to the Hummingbird Gallery at the Monteverde Reserve. And it was a beautiful day at the reserve!! It was actually sunny, which really showed off the colors of the birds. The wind wasn’t too strong, so the little guys were out in force. We even saw three Magenta-throated Woodstars, which are so tiny you could fit one in an old film canister (um, not that I would recommend trying that, mind you). They are so small they never even light to feed – they just hover, seemingly effortlessly, and they sound just like a bumble bee! I took the opportunity to take notes on the Purple-throated Mountain Gem, and added a bit to my notes on the Coppery-headed Emeralds, and even the Green Hermit.

February Show and Tell

Here’s a look at the some of the goodies that were brought to our February meeting. I think some of the snowy days in January let us get a lot of work done! Click on the thumbnails for a larger view.

Ruth’s Towels 

Ruth wove these towels from a slubby cotton.

Patty’s Papers

Patty will be showing us how to make these fabulous painted, textured papers at the March meeting.

Patty’s Hearts

Patty has been making machine-lace hearts on dissolvable stabilizer.

Mona’s Bowls

Mona is making fabric bowls in a fabulous variety of fabrics and colors!

Michele’s Necklace and Heart Pin

Michele used a simplified kumihimo technique to make the cord for this necklace.  The heart pin used some of her stash of quilting fabrics.

Heather’s Dyed Silk

Heather dyed this fine, reeled silk to explore how well Jacquard acid dyes do at capturing the iridescence of hummingbird wings.

Glenda’s Rainbow PurseGlenda’s black purse

Glenda made these purses by punching wool into a linen base.