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.
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!
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.
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:
Can you match the name to the scarf?
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!
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.
This is a metre of itajime shibori snow dyed quilting cotton.
The half metre of prepared for dyeing cotton was snow dyed with a mixture of fuchsia and violet.
What is your favorite colour?
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Boutique Firenze is a gift shop in London, Ontario. It is the dream of owner Bettina Weber and husband Len Elliot. They travel to Italy to personally select the beautiful items available for their shop.
Luckily, you won’t have to travel to Europe, to purchase fine quality leather gloves, silk scarves and hand crafted gift wares.
This bricks and mortar shop has only been open a short while. Previously, the owners worked at selling these luxurious yet affordable items part-time.
Boutique Firenze also carries a selection of fine handcrafted items from Canada including my scarves! They coordinate very well with all the beautiful gloves they carry from Florence.
Gloves for the man in your life.
Snow dyed, shibori and indigo dyed scarves hand-made just for you. Visit to see the selection.
Whatever you are looking for, the perfect gift to give or for yourself, Bettina will be happy to help you. I hope you have the opportunity to visit the store and see the selection of gifts available, including Murano glass jewellery, and my scarves of course!
Help, guidance, inspiration and motivation can be delivered to your In Box! Last week during the panel discussion at the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild, three of us shared our journey into Monetizing Your Craft! The time went by so quickly that I didn’t have time to mention the resources I find helpful in crafting my business. Listed below are just some of the many resources available on the web. I have enjoyed listening to these people talking about their passion.
I encourage you to have a look at the sites above. You will find some that speak to you and others that won’t. When you find some those you enjoy, sign up for their newsletters, YouTube channels, and feeds. Support these creative entrepreneurs! Please let me know which blogs, podcasts you have found informative or just fun so I can add to my list. Enjoy!
The Toronto Modern Quilt Guild asked me to participate in a panel discussion with Bobbie of Geeky Bobbin and Claudia of Fabric Please! The three of us are all fairly new to having an online business. Bobbie has been at this the longest at about one year and a half. Claudia has been running Fabric Please! for just under 2 months! She talks about her jump into selling online in this blog post. It was a lively discussion and I hope members came away with an appreciation of the time that is needed to having an online presence.
We were encouraged to bring samples of our craft to show the members and to sell to them too! I brought a selection of my snow dyed scarves and hand dyed quilting cottons. I was so caught up in preparing for the panel discussion and setting up my table that I totally forgot to take any photos. Thank you so much Laura Henneberry for taking great photos and allowing me to share them here.
One of the most repeated lines from the members was that the hand dyed fabric was beautiful but they didn’t know how to use it in a design. So, I thought I would show a couple of examples. The piece above is a fat quarter dyed in indigo. The circles were created by wrapping the fabric around a small object and holding it with a rubber band. When the bands were removed the white circular design appeared. In the quilt below, the dark strip inserted on the right hand side was cut and pieced from a fabric similar to the fat quarter above.
Atmosphere was created from a large piece of indigo dyed cotton. I loved the pattern that was created and I didn’t want to cut into it. This minimal modern design evolved from this.
Over the winter, I dyed a few pieces of cotton with snow creating mandala shapes! Again, I didn’t want to cut them up into smaller pieces. Cosmos was created with one of these mandala dyed cottons. The quilt top was simply spiral quilted to reinforce the circular design. Above is a detail of a brightly dyed mandala that reminds me of a bright tropical fruit.
Don’t be afraid to use these unique pieces of hand dyed cottons in your design. They can be combined with commercial cottons and can enhance any project. I will be adding some of my hand dyed fabrics to my online shop shortly.
Check back often. If you see a fabric in the photo above or on my Instagram feed that you are interested in, contact me and I will be happy to send it to you. Are you inspired to use an original piece of hand dyed fabric in your next project?
I am very pleased to have my Canadian Snow dyed scarves available for purchase at the Textile Museum of Canada’s gift shop. The museum is located at 55 Centre Avenue, Toronto, Ontario.
I began using snow to hand dye this past year and love the results of this process. Snow is piled on top of the scarves that have been folded, twisted and tied using traditional shibori techniques. Up to three dye colours are used to create beautiful watercolour effects.
lndigo scarves are also created using shibori folding techniques. Although not created with snow, they are still Canadian made. All of the scarves are made out of natural fibres like cotton, silk, linen, rayon and wool giving them intense rich colours. They are one-of-a-kind wearable art pieces.
The museum has two exhibits currently on display: Artistry in Silk celebrates the work of Itchiku Kubota (1917–2003). The other exhibit is Jane Kidd: Curious a display of hand-woven tapestries. Both artists use rich saturated colours to represent their environment. The exquisite silk kimonos made by Itchiku Kubota represent the four seasons, the changing landscape, light and feature Mount Fuji. I love the use of colour in the tapestries by Canadian artist Jane Kidd! Her pieces are hand-woven with bold colours, but upon close inspection, you can see the varied and subtle colour shifts that give her work so much depth.
I hope you have an opportunity to visit the Textile Museum. While there, please visit the gift shop to view all the beautiful offerings by local artists. You could take home a piece of Canadian winter!
Join me Saturday May 26, 2018 at the Artfest on the Esplanade from 11-5. This annual event takes place at The Esplanade Park in the City of Pickering. I will have a booth displaying my hand dyed shibori scarves.
I have kept busy this winter creating a line of unique and beautiful snow dyed scarves.
The Canadian snow collection of hand dyed scarves need to be seen in person to appreciate the subtle changes of colour and pattern. No two scarves are the same and no scarf is identical from one end to the other!