These photographs were taken on a trip to Italy a few years ago. I don’t often look back at photos, even though I always think I will do just that. Time gives me an opportunity to view the photos, with a fresh perspective.
This of selection photographs from Rome, Venice, and Pompeii have a common theme. They are mostly monochromatic so that the texture is evident. Even the facade of the wall in Venice is various shades of a beautiful terracotta that has faded in places to a soft peach.
How often do you go back to your vacation photos and look at what you decided to record? You might be surprised at what your photographs reveal!
Spent the day outdoors this past Saturday participating in Community Centre 55 Fall Fair. It was a beautiful hot day – more like summer than the beginning of fall! The tent held hand-made items by @peggythompson, @amysplacehandmade and myself.
Peggy is hanging up her tie-dyed t-shirts and had her beautiful jewellery is on display at the rear of the tent. Soy candles, bath salts and soaps scented with essential oils created by Amy from Amy’s Place HandMade were available. Her teacup candles are so beautiful!
Hand dyed shibori scarves are hanging, catching the breeze!
l brought a selection of pouches made with hand dyed canvas and repurposed leather. Also on display are some of the quilted art postcards made with hand dyed fabrics and beading.
Indigo table runners, dinner sized napkins, and pillow cases are on display.
Pillows made with indigo dyed cotton, cotton/linen.
It was great to spend some time outside talking to people from the neighbourhood.
I had the opportunity to have my scarves photographed by my friend Joanne. We decided to use a beautiful wooden desk. The scarves are draped to beautifully show off the change in colours and the shibori designs.
I hope you enjoyed viewing the gallery of scarves. Some of these scarves have already sold!
On Saturday Sept. 23, 2017 I will have a selection of hand dyed items including scarves at the Community Centre 55 annual Fall Festival. The festival is from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Kimberely Public School, 50 Swanwick Ave., Toronto, ON.
Come out to support the centre, begin your Christmas shopping, and enjoy the afternoon with your family. See you there!
Improving my photography skills has been on my to do list. With time on my hands this weekend due to the cancellation of the Urban Market, I was able to try experimenting.There is a bit of shadow in this photo of a hand dyed habotai silk scarf.
I draped this silk scarf over a navy paper bag, again a little too much shadow.
This wool/silk blend scarf was laid out on my ironing board. I really love that you could see the colour transition and the patterns that are created. But the photo would probably better if the scarf was hung vertically.
I draped some white paper to create a backdrop like real photographers do in studios. My roll isn’t wide enough! This is another wool/silk blend that was dyed in pink, grey and blue.
l will look into wider paper and also better lighting. The light source in the photograph above is coming from the window to the left. This habotai silk scarf shows up better than the first one I think.
I have purchased some new light bulbs and will try again. The habotai silk scarf above is beautifully vibrant in real life, Much better looking than in the photo. Having 2 light sources on either side will certainly work better. I do like the way the scarves look draped rather than flat.
Summer is a time for enjoying the outdoors. This Labour Day weekend spend time at the new Trillium Park at Ontario Place. I will be displaying my hand dyed original scarves along with 30 other vendors at the Urban Market. This event coincides with the 150th Anniversary Festival at Ontario Place.
This beautiful lightweight linen was purchased in Venice, Italy this spring. I only bought enough to make three scarves. This is the only one left! Linen has a lovely drape and is perfect for the summer. I love the dramatic lines in this scarf.
This pole wrapped scarf is a gorgeous satin back crepe. It has a lovely sheen and weight. It drapes beautifully. I wish you could feel it!
The next two scarves are dyed using a lighter weight silk, equally soft and luxurious.
Once the linen/rayon fabric was washed in preparation for the dyeing process, soft crinkle folds appeared. I love the texture. These scarves are easy to wear and travel very well. This Itajime shibori design was first dyed in a soft blue before being dipped in indigo.
Italian Cotton Gauze
This soft as a cloud cotton gauze was also purchased in Italy. While in Verona, I found a fabric shop that had a beautiful selection including some designer fabrics.
The scarf below surprised me when I unwrapped it. I first dyed the cotton gauze in a very pastel turquoise. I folded the fabric and used a metal switch plate as the resist. It was dipped in the indigo dye bath. Once it was unwrapped pink areas were visible, but no pink dye had been used! I am guessing that the metal switch plate reacted to the indigo. I thought that the pink would eventually fade away but it hasn’t and won’t. This scarf has been washed, dried and pressed with no change to the pink. I like it even though it wasn’t planned. Do any of you have an explanation for the pink?
All of my scarves have fringed edges and are machine washable. The Italian cotton gauze scarves and the linen/rayon crinkly scarves are available for $40.00 each. The silk scarves are available for $50.00 each and the last Italian linen scarf for $60.00.
While I was on my trip to Verona, Italy this spring, I purchased some beautiful, soft cotton gauze. I knew this would be perfect for dyeing some lightweight spring and summer scarves.
Each scarf is individually dyed with Procion MX dyes. I challenged myself to create some softer more pastel colours and am happy with the combination of the turquoise and amethyst.
Of course, I also dyed a few in more intense colours! This central portion of this scarf was gathered onto a narrow pipe where the purple and blue was placed, leaving the edges free.
I love using the same colour in different intensities. This cotton gauze scarf was first dyed in a pale pink and overdyed in a burgundy.
All of the scarves a generous 18 x 80 inches or 45 x 200 cm. They have raw fringed edges and are machine washable.They can be left to dry for the soft crinkly look you see in the photos. Of course, they can also be ironed for a more crisp effect. All of my Italian cotton gauze scarves are available for $40.00 each.
I love the look of indigo. The process of immersing fabric into a dark vat, removing it and watching the oxidization is magical! Over the long weekend this summer, I spent 2 days indigo dyeing in our garage.
Some of my favorite results are the twelve cotton dinner napkins I dyed. Two sets of napkins were folded and clamped to create Itajime shibori designs. The other set of four were twisted and tied to create a circular nui shibori pattern.
These napkins were folded and clamped with a rectangular resist while those below were clamped with a square.
These are a lovely 100% cotton fabric that press easily. Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing any of these. Each set of four 19″ square napkins are different patterns, but, they mix and match beautifully if you require more!
I spent last Saturday teaching an enthusiastic and adventurous group of women hand dyeing with Procion MX dyes. Kristyn of the London Modern Quilt Guild of Canada asked me last year if I would be interested in teaching how I dye fabrics to the guild members. I was excited to be able to share my love of dyeing.
I created kits for all the participants.
Our group set up in a room in the East Lions Artisans Centre in London, Ontario. It is a great facility with access to plenty of water! Necessary for any dyeing workshop.
Some of the beautiful and colourful hand dyed fabrics drying.
One of the very courageous members @melonpatch.quilts brought cotton yarn. The example above is dyed with olive-green and then sprinkled with black. I can’t wait to see the results.
These are just a few of the lovely pieces that the guild members experimented with. T-shirts, silk scarves, linen, silk noile, a canvas hat, and many pieces of cotton were dyed in a rainbow of colours.
Thank you all for letting me spend the day with you, sharing and creating a rainbow of fabrics.