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Perfect summer jewellery! Get it Quick!

Don’t worry there will still be an amazing selection of Maria’s jewellery available, but not at this price. Maria’s star is rising and so are her prices. So, the prices in my shop will remain only until the end of the month! Along with a new lower shipping cost!

Pick one pair for yourself and another for a gift! Christmas is coming…
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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!

Maria Nunes and the art of crochet!

I am so fortunate to be collaborating with a local craftsperson – Maria Nunes. Her hand made crochet jewellery is beautifully designed and crafted. Maria learned to crochet as a child, growing up in Portugal at a time when there was still no television, not even electricity! In school they were taught to knit and would make simple scarves and hats. At home, Maria’s mother taught her to crochet to make doilies, table scarves and trim for her ‘enxoval’ or trousseau.

Hand dyed crochet cotton in fuchsia and green by Doris Lovadina-Lee Toronto Textile artist
Fuchsia Ombre and Blue to Green Variegated Hand Dyed Crochet Cotton

Maria has continued to crochet and over the years has made many household items using traditional patterns. Recently, she has changed her style to reflect modern tastes, creating handcrafted pillows, wallhangings and of course jewellery!

pair of indigo hoop crocheted earrings with blue glass beads on black surface
Indigo Hoop Earrings with Blue Glass Beads

Variegated, ombre, and with colour changes over very short areas have been a challenge for me. I have had to rethink my process as well as the amount of dye used! But it has been so much fun! I will also be indigo dyeing this spring and I can’t wait to see the jewellery she makes. I gave Maria all the indigo dyed cotton thread left from one of my projects. All of the pieces she made have been sold! It shows that blue and white is a much loved combination.

round crochet beige circle earrings with natural coloured beads on black background
Beige Cotton Circle Drop Earrings with Glass Beads

Magazines, and books are still places Maria finds inspiration, but more often she finds herself turning to Pinterest. Inspiration for her designs also come from working with the materials. A bead, the colour of the hand dyed cotton thread can start her on a new design. More and more often her jewellery includes beads, they really excite her with opportunities!

Crochet cotton round earrings and snow dyed scarf in fuchsia
Fuchsia Hand Dyed Round Earrings by Maria Nunes Designs on Snow Dyed Wool Scarf by Doris Lovadina-Lee

Maria believes that crochet is a dyeing art. She has tried to teach the next generation but with the competition for TV watching, and the internet with its so many social media outlets, it is a hard sell. Maria finds that crocheting is a relaxing and imaginative art. It has a calming effect allowing room for imagination.

Maria Nunes of @maria.n.designs crocheting

I am collaborating with Maria on dyeing some new crochet cotton. More experimentation with colours, ombre effects, indigo and more. Follow Maria on Instagram @maria.n.designs to see what she is creating.

Handmade pop-up and gratitude

My hand dyed scarves, housewares, pillows and photography are available in a pop-up at my day job. I am so fortunate to be able to share my love of dyeing, creating and crafting with my coworkers. 
corner of handmade pop-up ryerson university by doris lovadina-lee

Empty corner desk now filled with hand dyed gifts. Perfect time to pick up a unique handmade item for your mother, father, sister, brother, girl friend, boy friend, anyone you love!

green cotton gauze scarves, butterfly with hearts on aluminum, radiant light chakra photograph on metal by dorislovadinalee

Cotton, silk and cotton, cotton double gauze, cotton voile, cotton/rayon, and cotton lawn indigo scarves. Many fibres and many colours are available! One will suit you.

blank note cards with chakras and flowers on strathmore cards

A mix of quilted art postcards, light up postcard, and fine art greeting cards.

indoigo table runners, placemats, napkins hand dyed by doris lovadima-lee hostess gift canadian made

One of my co-workers persuaded (threatened) me to bring in the first few scarves I made after having taken an indigo dyeing workshop. She was the first to purchase two scarves from me. She encouraged me, rooted for me and supported me. I will be forever grateful for the friendship we have.

Thank you to all of you that have supported me by purchasing handmade!

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!

Help with Monetizing Your Craft

I’ve been following Jess Van Den from Create and Thrive for a couple of years and have listened to most of her podcasts. She began her career as a science teacher in Australia, started making jewellery for fun, then selling it online which then led her to eventually make Epheriell her full-time job in 2010. Jess set up an etsy shop to sell her handmade jewellery and had many people ask her questions about selling online. She began Create & Thrive to teach others how to turn their handmade hobby into a thriving business. To listen to her complete story tune into her first podcast: Episode 0 – Jess’ Story.

cup and sugar bowl on indigo dyed cotton placemat by doris lovadina-lee toronto canada
Indigo dyed handwoven cotton placemat by Doris Lovadina-Lee

Jess offers many ways to help individuals learn the business of selling handmade items online. Some of these are free like: 10 Essential keys to successfully sell handmade products online. Others such as, Set Up Shop are fee based. All of her information is very practical, down-to-earth, and realistic. One of her sayings: “It’s a marathon, not a sprint”. It takes time, patience and the willingness to persevere to attain your goals. 

doris lovadina-lee hand made indigo cotton scarf nui shibori
Indigo dyed cotton voile scarf by Doris Lovadina-lee

Part of being successful is knowing what your goals are. Jess is offering a 30 day free course that I am participating in called: #MakingItPodcourse. Each day for 30 days, Jess talks about mindset, money, marketing, and business management especially for those who are makers. None of the podcourses are long, ranging in length from 10-20 minutes. She refers back to her podcast list for those who would like more in-depth focus on the topic. Each podcourse has an action item for you to consider each day and a printable one-page course summary. Although this course started the July 1st, it’s not too late to start. I encourage you to do something, don’t wait until everything is perfect before you begin. There is no perfect time or set of circumstances. Just begin, remember it’s a slow steady marathon!

Kumo shibori Indigo dyed pillow hand dyed by doris lovadina-lee
Indigo dyed pillow by Doris Lovadina-Lee

Surround yourself with a support group. They could be your family, a group of friends real or virtual who are on the same path as you. I am going to share a meal with a few real life friends this week so we can share, commiserate, celebrate and help each other in our businesses. What will you do to turn your dream into the successful business you desire?

Indigo studio!

Sunday

Since the snow is gone (yeah!), I began indigo dyeing. It was finally warm enough during the May long weekend to set up an indigo vat. I happily spent much of the weekend dipping: two tablecloths, a dozen or more napkins, cotton/rayon scarves, linen handkerchiefs, and quilting cotton. Not ready to throw out the indigo vat, I stored it under our deck. 

trestles with board holding indigo vat and equipment for hand dyeing fabrics

A couple of weeks went by before I could get back to dyeing. I pulled out the indigo vat on Sunday to see if it was still viable. I tested a piece of pfd cotton and was surprised to find the indigo vat still had some life left! So I set up a makeshift indigo studio in the laneway.

indigo vat with fabrics floating on top in toronto ontario canada

I experimented with some small pieces of wool suiting, pfd cotton, linen/rayon crinkle scarves, cotton voile and double gauze cotton. The last two are new scarves that I am excited to be adding to my shop.
white cotton prepared for dyeing fabric dipped in indigo on fence
This pfd cotton has been dipped a few times and the colour is deeper than I was expecting.

wool suiting dipped in indigo oxidizing on tree toronto canada
One of the wool suitings scrunched and dipped. I didn’t expect the indigo vat to be viable so I didn’t have my drying rack set up. Instead, I used the bushes in our laneway.indigo dyed wool rolled up and tied with string by doris lovadina-lee toronto dyer
Another wool suiting rolled and tied.

yellow wool suiting dip dyed in indigo hanging from clothes hanger on fence post toronto ontario canada
This pale yellow piece of wool has a few moth holes, but I love the yellow and blue together.

metal stand with two pieces of indigo dyed cloth hanging toronto ontario
My neighbour showed up with this rack that she was going to throw out. It is perfect to use for hanging up the indigo dyed pieces. It just needs a little duct tape and will be a good addition to my dyeing supplies.

white cotton indigo dyed fabric and yellow wool fabric dyed in indigo hanging from metal stand

Here are a few of the pieces I’ve dyed during the second round of indigo dyeing drying on my new rack!

Monday

On Sunday, I left a piece of pfd cotton and a nui shibori scarf in the indigo vat overnight. On Monday, I pulled out the scrunched up pfd cotton and was happy to see a rich blue colour. 

cotton fabric dyed with indigo draped on bush

I recently read about an experiment where the dyer left pieces of fabric in an indigo vat overnight and compared those pieces to fabric that had been repeatedly dipped in the indigo. There was no difference in the depth of colour between the two, suggesting that repeated dips in indigo are not needed to dye a fabric, just a longer time in the vat. I haven’t washed these out yet, so I know that the colour will be lighter. I am happy to have had more time experimenting with this fascinating process.

 

Indigo scarves at Artfest on the Esplanade.

I have been waiting very impatiently for warm weather so I could indigo dye. Finally, I was able to spend part of this long weekend indigo dyeing scarves, napkins and some baby onesies too. I will be bringing these hand dyed items along with my snow dyed scarves to Pickering, Ontario for their annual art festival: Artfest being held in Esplanade Park.

arashi shibori cotton rayon scarf draped on green fence by doris lovadina-lee

Generously sized cotton/rayon Arashi Shibori scarf dyed in indigo.

itajime shibori indigo dyed sarong draped on green picket fence toronto ontario canada

Itajime Shibori indigo dyed pareo.

nui shibori indigo scarf draped on green picket fence doris lovadina

Nui shibori cotton/rayon indigo dyed scarf.

indigo dyed baby onsies on hangers

Ombre dyed baby onesies dipped in indigo.

poster for Artfest 2018

The Weather Network is calling for a sunny Saturday with a few clouds and a high of 25. Perfect outdoor weather to explore Artfest On The Esplanade. Hope to see you there!

Liberating Linens!

I love fabric in all its forms, especially linen. With age and use, linen becomes soft and drapes beautifully. Linen is extremely durable, it is absorbent, strong, doesn’t abrade and is stronger when it is wet. Linen or flax has been used for clothing, bedding and other household uses for many thousands of years.

Vintage linen hand towel textiles with crocheted monogram Doris lovadina-lee found in Guelph Ontario Canada

Although linen has had a resurgence in popularity, it’s been primarily in the clothing industry. It makes me sad to see beautiful linen napkins, hand towels and tablecloths in thrift shops. Some have beautiful handwork – tatting, crochet, embroidery, cutwork. Someone has lovingly and painstakingly created these precious and useful items.

detail of crocheted edge linen towel Doris lovadina-lee

So, I recently liberated a few pieces of linen from a thrift store. The bureau scarf above has a few small holes but the crocheted monogram and the detail around the entire piece is still pristine.

Doris lovadina-lee vintage bureau scarf white linen with edging
This hand towel with the beautiful deep crochet edge is in excellent condition and just needs to be pressed.

vintage hand crochet textile edges on linen tea towel dorislovadnalee.com

The tatting on the linen hand towel below has a little damage on one end. If it can’t be repaired, I will probably dip it in indigo this spring and then use it in an art project. I could also remove the damaged end, hem the towel. It is just to beautiful to toss!

tatted edge tea towel vintage find Toronto Ontario Doris lee

The hand embroidered flower garland is made of a coarser linen. I’ve washed it a couple of times to remove some stains, but they are stubborn. I will probably cut this one up for a project I have in mind.

vintage textiles tea towel with garland flowers embroidered on edge Toronto doris lovadina-lee

The puppies are also stained but too cute! This too will be cut up into a project.

hand embroidery puppy dogs on yellow tea towel Doris loading-lee

Liberated Linens

Liberating linens is not a new endeavour for me. Whenever I find napkins, towels, table runners or any other linens, I can’t help but bring them home with me. But, I can’t keep them all! 

hand dyed vintage cocktail napkins doris lovadina-lee shop online

The cocktail napkins above are dyed a beautiful purple. The set of 6 would be a fun addition to your next tea party. They are embroidered with a small flower on the corner and hemmed with a beautiful scalloped edge.

vintage napkins hand dyed shibori green repurposed doris lovadina-lee online shop

Two shibori dyed green cocktail napkins. Best with a dry martini!

for sale Thrifted textiles cotton napkins green and blue shibori handdyed by doris lovadina-lee

This set of 2 cotton table napkins in blue and spring green are just perfect for a fun luncheon with your best friend.

doris lovadina-lee online shop blue shibori set of three vintage hand-dyed damask table napkins Toronto

Three elegant napkins are shibori dyed in blue. Enjoy take out in style!

Look for these napkins in my new online shop. If you have any ideas for my newly liberated linens, let me know.

Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild Holiday Market 2017

Finish up, or start your Christmas shopping at the Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild Festive Market!

A selection of beautiful hand crafted items will be available from our members.

Hand dyed scarves, pyjamas, knit clothing for American dolls, soaps, pillowcases, book covers, preserves, cat toys, knit socks, and Christmas ornaments are just a few of the handmade gifts available.

 

for sale hand dyed scarves Yorkshire Rose Quilters' guild of Toronto holiday market doris lovadina-lee

Admission and refreshments are free for everybody, so bring a friend or two. Enjoy delicious Christmas goodies provided by the Guild Executives. Pick up a complimentary ballot to win a door prize. Bring your cash, as most vendors won’t have machines to accept credit or debit.

Date: Wednesday, December 13, 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Location: Danforth Mennonite Church, 2174 Danforth Avenue

Hope to see you tonight!

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