hand dyed scarves

Knitting for Covid-19 Memorial Blanket Project

There hasn’t been a lot of meditation in any format for me lately. But I changed that a few days ago when I began to knit. A friend passed on information from the CBC regarding a couple of women who were beginning a very large scale project to honour all of the people who have dyed due to Covid-19. The Covid-19 Memorial Blanket Project was conceived by three knitters: Heather Breadner, Allison Day, and Amanda Sharpe. They took inspiration from the National AIDS Memorial Quilt which travelled around the world and a part of it became Canadian AIDS Memorial Quilt.

ball of yarn and knitting needles with a page of instruction from the Covid-19 Memorial Blanket project

All knitters and those that crochet are invited to participate in. Unfortunately, the number of squares they require number 9,193 to date. There will be more.

My husband is really the knitter in the family and he’s already made three blocks. My mother has contributed one as well. She knit hers in just a couple of afternoons. Oh, retirement – sigh!
I have only until November 2020 to get my square to them. They hope to have all of those collected made into a large blanket so it can start its tour across Canada.
But it’s expected that they will need to continue knitting and creating more blankets until necessary. So I recommend reading the information they have posted on their website and keep knitting even if seems November seems to be too soon.

Pillows and more headed for online shop!

I’ve been working on updating my online shop. Taking photographs that do justice to the beautiful nuanced colours of the hand dyed textiles is not easy. Many, many photos are taken to get one or two I really like.

5 hand dyed pillows on white bench and 2 textile paintings

Pillows, scarves, table runners, and a few more things are being photographed and in some cases rephotographed. I am letting these items go to new homes in order to make way for some new ideas, new colours and new fibres.

My newsletter subscribers will get the first option to log in and purchase all items in the online shop for 20% off and free shipping. Then I will open it up to everyone. So subscribe now!

back of a 4x6 cloth postcard with copyright symbol and Doris Lovadina-Lee

Salud! Sit back and enjoy all your savings! You will be happy when the holidays roll around and you’ve done your shopping.

Snow dyed textiles at SAQA’s 2020 Conference: moSAiQA in Toronto

Studio Art Quilt Associates is hosting its first ever conference outside of the USA here in Toronto! I am a new member of this organization and excited to be attending as a member. I am also participating as a vendor of my snow and hand dyed fabrics and scarves at its pop-up on Thursday March 19, 2020 from 10-6.

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Skyline of Toronto the host of MoSAiQA Conference 2020

Join me and a select group of vendors on Thursday March 19 from 10-6 for the pop-up in the lobby of the:

Hilton
145 Richmond Street West,
Toronto, Ontario, M5H 2L2, Canada

Please come over and introduce yourself if we are IG friends. I’ll be offering some newly snow dyed scarves and fabrics too!

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Quilts at the Creek 2019!

Anne and I participated in Quilts at the Creek this past weekend. So many beautiful quilts, new, old, modern and traditional. I took a few photos in between selling hand dyed fabrics, scarves, presenting a trunk show and visiting with friends old and new!

Vendor's both for Doris Lavadina-Lee Designs and Anne Peters' Hand dyed fabrics at Quilts at the Creek Festival 2019

I had every intention of getting out into the show and taking photos of the beautiful quilts old and new on display. The reality is I didn’t even take these. I sent my son out to take some and he managed to take 2!  They were so blurry, I can’t use them!! LOL!

Our great aprons made by Anne blended perfectly with the fabrics and threads we were selling!

Atmosophere by Doris Lovadina-Lee

Luckily, the 3 quilts I entered were close to the vendor’s pavilion and so I did run out and he took a couple of me and my quilts. Just a tiny bit less blurry.

Transitions by Doris Lovadina-Lee
Traces by Doris Lovadina-Lee
Visitor’s at Quilts at the Creek 2019

The original title of this post was: Quilts at the Creek 2019 – last show! So happy to announce that this is not true. Seems that (TRCA) The Toronto Region Conservation Authority that manages Black Creek Pioneer Village know a great thing and they will be taking over from Valerie Prideaux. So contact Black Creek and let them know what you love and what you would change about the Quilt Festival. They are looking for suggestions and volunteers too. 
Here is to another fantastic quilt show in 2020! 

Hand dyed threads and shibori fabrics

plastic tub filled with hand dyed threads by Anne Peters
variegated hand dyed perle cotton thread by Anne Peters

Colour all around! These gorgeous hand dyed items by Anne Peters, a textile artist and passionate dyer, will be available for 2 days only. Anne of @dyeforfun and I will be sharing a booth and our love of shibori dyeing next weekend at Quilts at the Creek festival.

shibori cotton fabric
shibori cotton fabric
white and blue pillow with shibori strips by @dyeforfun
quilted shibori pillow

At 1:00 sit down and relax for 45 minutes while I do my trunk show in the Wilmot Town Hall. I will be showing and talking about my love of indigo and snow dyeing using shibori techniques. I will be bringing some of my quilts and fabrics to illustrate the techniques I use to create one-of-a-kind scarves and fabric. Then step across the Town Hall Green to see the items available for sale in the vendor located just steps away in the Event Pavilion area.
Come and see us, our indigo and hand dyed shibori cotton fabrics, kits, variegated perle and embroidery cotton threads. I am also bringing snow dyed fabric and scarves. A cornucopia of colour, texture, and designs will be available!

rolled up quilting cotton by anne peters
fabric bundles with thread hand dyed
July 27, 2019 @ 11:00 am – July 28, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Anne has some bundles and fat quarters of shibori and hand dyed fabrics and thread that are greatly reduced. She is clearing out colours and designs that she is no longer dyeing to make way for her new ones. Visit us to see what she has available. But don`t wait!

fabric in plastic bags by textile artist anne peters ontario canada
fat quarter bundles in co-ordinating colours

Anne and I will be in the vendor’s pavilion from July 27, 2019 – July 28, 2019 @ 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Quilts at the Creek at
Black Creek Pioneer Village
1000 Murray Ross Pkwy
North York, ON M3J 2P3
Canada

Come and say hello!

Indigo dyed hand woven organic cotton crepe scarf

I have been waiting, not patiently, for spring to arrive so I could do some indigo dyeing. Finally, it got warm enough and last weekend my friend Sheila and I set up a dye vat.

indigo striped fabric in tub of soapy water by doris lovadinalee toronto textile artist

One of the first into this spring’s dye bath was a pale turquoise cotton crinkle scarf. The colour was not intense enough and it was boring!

arashi shibori scarf in pale green wrapped around a pvc pipe by dorislovadina-lee

Handwoven organic cotton makes a luscious scarf, with a super fine crepe texture. I absolutely love the result. It is the scarf on the right hand side below.

3 unique indigo dyed scarves draped over chair dyed by dorislvoadinalee

These three indigo dyed crinkle scarves are so easy to care for. They can be machine washed in gentle and machine dried too. Ideal travel companions, wrapped around neck, shoulders or folded under to rest your head. Twist to pack, shake out and wear. You will always be elegantly dressed! Bon voyage!

Pastel Travel Scarves Snow Dyed for Spring

February has been a great month for snow dyeing. I think we got most of our snow during this month. In preparation for spring weather, I dyed these scarves in a variety of lighter shades. The one on the left reminds me of Pantone’s color of the year: PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral. I am rinsing out shades of blue and green as well.

two containers with snow dyed scarves by dorislovadinalee.com Toronto Ontario Canada

While I had the scarves together and was admiring the colours, my son picked up one of the snow dyed scarves and promptly named it: Pink Flamingo. I laughed and challenged him to name them all! So here they are:

  • Lively Marsh
  • Safari Dusk
  • Soft Radiance
  • Peach Cobbler

Can you match the name to the scarf?

5 pastel travel scarves snow dyed in pastel colors in Toronto Ontario Canada by Doris Lovadina-Lee textile artist

Are you planning on travelling? These newly snow dyed linen/rayon scarves crinkle beautifully when washed and dried. They are perfect travel scarves. Just twist and put in your luggage. Shake out and wear. Machine wash and dry!

My favorite hand dyed scarves

So many factors of the dyeing process contribute to making each scarf unique: fibre content, dye colours, amount of snow used, amount of dye used and folding techniques. 

watercolor linen/rayon scarf dyed with snow original gift for women by toronto artist doris lovadina-lee

Every time I hand dye, I am surprised and happy with the results.  

original snow dyed pink woman's scarf by doris lovadina-lee toronto ontario canada

Even so, there is always one from each small batch that captures my heart!

pink shibori snowdyed scarf for woman hand dyed by doris lovadina-lee

I’ve chosen a few of my favorite snow dyed shibori scarves that still remain in my shop.

pale blue soft cotton rayon scarf for woman shibori hand dyed toronto ontario canada

I would be happy to send one of my favorite scarves to one of your favorite people (including you!) 

women's pink shibori hand dyed with snow scarf uniquely made in canada DLL1842

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Fuchsia snow dyed shibori scarf accessorizing handmade!

Hiding under this pile of coloured snow is the accessory that puts the final touch on a handmade outfit by Anne Johnson of @anne.makes.things.

Fuchsia fibre reactive dye with a sprinkle of brown transforms the lightweight lambs wool shawl into a colourful piece of art to wear.

wool shawl in pink and beige draped on mannequin by toronto textile artist doris lovadina-lee

Anne chose this beautifully patterned snow dyed shibori shawl to compliment her handmade outfit. The tailored skirt and hand knit sweater were created by Anne.

Anne Johnson wearing wool shawl, hand knit sweater and handmade wool skirt in Ryerson's DME

 I am honoured that Anne chose to accessorize her beautiful ensemble with one of my artisanal small batch scarves. Thank you for supporting handmade!

Fuchsia Arashi Shibor scarf and quilt top

Nothing makes me happier than beautiful colours! My favourite is fuchsia like the linen rayon scarf I dyed with snow. I love this colour as evidenced by the amount of it in my fabric stash. The quilt I am working on includes shades of this bright pink hand dyed fabric paired with gray. Always a great combination.

arashi shibori fuchsia linen scarf in front of pieced pink and gray quilt top

fuchsia pink scarf wrapped in cowl snow dyed by doris lovadina-lee

one yard snow dyed fuchsia pink shibori quilting cotton doris lovadina-lee

This is a metre of itajime shibori snow dyed quilting cotton. 

half yard canadian snow dyed itajime shibori quilt cotton doris lee

The half metre of prepared for dyeing cotton was snow dyed with a mixture of fuchsia and violet.

shades of pink folded ladies linen/rayon scarf in fuchsia folded hand dyed toronto ontario canada

What is your favorite colour?

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