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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!

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!

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