Working with a Partner, another year of Kid Makers Fair.

May 2020 bring you all the health and happiness and creative energy you need. This is the season to celebrate and we started our December off with another Kid Makers Fair. This year we included Thomas and his ice dyed rainbow socks – a big seller at the fair. It was so amazing to watch this six year old carefully and judiciuasly applying the dye to the ice, then see him at the end of the process matching his socks into pairs.

Paired socks by Thomas

Gram’s Contribution

My contribution, in part inspired by a class Loic took at Klum House this summer, was to experiment with my linen/cotton blend shibori dyed fabric quilted into Dopp kits. We made several out of umbrella cloth scraps to get the process and the kinks worked out first. I wanted to know what the sewing machine would handle and where we might need to make modifications. Then on to the step of using our fabric to design a new quilted pouch bag.

The quilted pouch bag

Another technique I explored was stitched shibori on the cotton twill aprons. I am not happy with the results. I feel like it was a lot of effort to get this less then defined design. It may be that the cotton is two heavy to support this type of stitching. It may be the sinew I used as the thread. It may be that I left the aprons in the dye to long. Clearly a bit of experimentation needs to take place to reach my ideals, but that is the nature of being creative… do, reflect, and do again!

Diagonal stitching on cotton twill apron

Lessons Learned

There are always things to be learned about selling. We learned that childrens socks don’t sell as well as larger sizes. For next year we will consider selling the aprons as a package – one adult and one child. (The grandmas loved this.) We also learned that recording our sales carefully will reduce the headache of doing inventory when we get home and finding some things missing – the risk of selling I guess. The bottom line though is that the boys are learning about commerce and making and being creative and just having fun doing it.

Best wishes for a happy holiday and good things to come in 2020.

What a year this has been, update!

Or trying to maintain a home business while moving to a new city.

I am looking forward to the new year. My new sewing studio and creative hub of the house looks out over a stand of Douglas Fir and other maple tress that provide amazing color in the fall. The birds chatter, as flocks of them vie for the seed at the feeder. I think the birds have declared the back yard a safe zone. So far we have seen no cats in the neighborhood. This is a great place to let the creative ideas and inspirations percolate, until the finished product is accomplished.

The view from our new office. We never noticed the seasons changes so marvelously in the city.
The view from my new studio window on the second floor! I can hear the neighborhood children laughing and giggling in the park. It is such a happy sound.

My most recent activity for getting back into the swing of dyeing fabric was to tie up some Kona cotton for shibori fat quarters. Indigo blue is the biggest attraction in my business, and yet I really love playing with other colors and combinations…

but here we go with a few examples of what one can find in a fat quarter bundle of indigo blue Kona Cotton.

The typical tie dye around a marble.
One of my personal favorites – using all sorts of clips or clothes pins to create different textures.

And then there is the honeycomb technique. I love the unpredicatbility of the dye flow through the folds of the honeycomb.

The results: a fat quarter bundle of shibori hand dyed Kona cotton fabric on a bed of rust dyed linen/cotton fabric. I love this combination of blue and rust. This is such a great combo for a quilt top.

Until next time. I have made a vow to myself to not let the distance between blogs be so great !!! We will see, but I appreciate those of you that read this!

Unti next time .

Working with a Partner

I have always said that collaboration makes for a more interesting result. Another person in the conversation brings up the’ we could try ‘… and the ‘what ifs?’…  So a quick look into the latest collaboration with ten year old grandson Loic Daily the better half of Daily Hand Dyed Textiles.

Decisions to Make

We were getting him ready for a makers fair at his school. It is a fundraiser for the PTA and he gets to showcase his creativity. I get to join him as the ‘adult’!!! His little brother added some tie dyed t-shirts and I had wares made from my own hand dyed fabrics.

Loic decided on sets of napkins and tea towels. He also was working on a series of scarves.

Ice dyeing some napkins.
It’s melting!

The reveal

There is nothing better when dyeing fabric then the reveal. Sometimes we are underwhelmed, but mostly we are delighted. Loic’s shibori napkins has lead us to do more. The most popular color seems to be in the blue range. we sold out the dark blues. But everyone we sold to was delighted by the colors Loic choose. He was the master, I was his trusty helper.

Scott School Kid’s Makers Fair, December 2018

Here is a look at our booth. He did very well for a three hour kid’s fair. We had a wonderful time together.