Sunday, May 4, 2014

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Silk Scarves

These scarves are so luxurious yet offbeat. Spring is in the air and the lovely scarves blow in the air behind you as you walk through the streets and park. They are steam dyed with botanicals. All natural dyes with a very painterly feel.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Embroidered Camisole

I had been dragging around an inspiring image of embroidery work that I had cut out from the New York Times made by  Iviva Olenick
So when I saw that she was teaching a class at Third Ward (now shuttered) I took her workshop. Loved her teaching style and her generous help.
This battered camisole became my canvas for natural dye work and embroidery.
Shira Weinberger took this lovely shot. More of her  stunning photography can be found at

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Silk Scarf dyed with Natural Dyes

I started this scarf at the Textile Arts Center's dye garden and continued applying natural sources. I steamed the scarf by wrapping it with bull clips and cotton thread. I used hollyhock, purple and yellow onion skins, eucalyptus and a tea and rust mixture.
I pre-mordanted the scarf in alum.
To give the scarf some stiffness, I used a spray starch.
It's a dream to wear and adds a dressiness to my usual very casual wardrobe.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Alpaca Baby bowl hat using Purl Soho Alpaca Pure

I used a double weight of Purl Soho's luscious alpaca pure in a a soft blush color.  Very simple pattern. The holes were made using a yarn over and knit two in the back loop stitch.
Been making baby food for this gorgeous baby. She loves organic sweet potato.

Monday, February 24, 2014


One of my favorite knitting books "Reversible Knitting" by Lynn Barr inspires me with simple yet elegant stitches. Here are some samples. Learned about this book at my knitting group last year-Oak Knit Studio.



Strawberries are plentiful and I am working with a group of toddlers who are "studying" ice and melting ice.
What a perfect combination. The strawberries dyed the pre-mordanted ( I used alum-most commonly used in pickling) silk hankies a lovely shade of pink. The children chewed on the ice and tasted the strawberries as they worked!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Natural Watercolors

I used turmeric, yellow onion, mild pepper,saffron,black soybean,purple cabbage and chamomile to make these watercolors. Glass jars, a little water and then put them in the microwave for about  35 seconds and press keep warm for a few minutes do they do not overboil. Large batches can be done on a stovetop.