Tie-Dye & Hand-Dyeing Weekend Intensive

May 10th & 11th: Tie-Dye & Hand-Dyeing Weekend Intensive with Shabd in Kittery, Maine!

11-5pm each day : $250 for the weekend : Sign up with a friend (or your mom!) and pay $450 total for both people.

Class size limited to 13, sign up by May 1st [Updated] and get a silk scarf to use your new skills on.

Join us in Kittery at the BUOY gallery space for a weekend of craft!

In this fun-filled workshop, Shabd will teach you the basic procedures for dyeing with Procion dyes on a variety of different natural fibers. You will learn various tying, dyeing and shibori techniques, as well as basic color theory and design concepts for dying. It will be fun, and colorful and bright! Discover the dyer in you and design your own dye patterns. Students will create swatches to perfect technique, and then have a chance to focus on individual projects. Materials are included, and students are encouraged to bring their own garments for personal projects.

Saturday’s class will focus on immersion dye methods, and Sunday’s class will focus on direct application and multi-colored dyeing methods. Each day will include instruction on all tying techniques, with a focus on the best variations to use for each dyeing method, and will include time for both samplers and personal projects.

This class is structured as a fun jumping in point for beginners, or a way for more advanced students to receive guidance and special tips on personal projects they’ve been wanting to tackle.

SHABD SIMON-ALEXANDER is an internationally renowned textile artist and designer. Her clothing line, shabd, is carried in high-end boutiques and art museums around the world. She is a professor of textiles, has led hand dyeing workshops all over the world, and taught Martha Stewart how to tie-dye. Her first book, Tie-Dye: Dye It, Wear It, Share It, came out in June.

Click on the book in the sidebar to register for this workshop.

Questions.  Email me at recovergirl360@gmail.com or call 603-502-8497.

Enhabiten + Dyeing

I’ve known about Liane of Enhabiten since I saw an Etsy video about her back in 2009.  I really love her work and, for whatever reason, I like knowing that she lives in NH (my home state). I especially admire the work she is doing lately. She is dying secondhand and vintage items, giving them new life.  Look at these gorgeous t-shirts.  I love the blues and grays, the marks and lines.

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I would live in this gray t-shirt all summer long over a pair of black pants with a pair of Birks.

upcycled shirt on wall

Below is a close up of a chair pad she made.  Just lovely.  You can see more pictures of her chair pads on her blog.  You can also find them for sale in her Etsy shop.

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I also love how she is dyeing vintage doilies and table runners.  I have so many of these types of things tucked away.  I would like them so much more if I dyed them mustard.

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mustard table runner

The project that she is working on that most delighted me is what she is doing with chenille.  I’ve seen chenille for sale in secondhand stores but never gave it a second thought.

When I saw these half moon pouches Liane was making I didn’t even recognize that they were made from secondhand chenille.  It looked to me like a material that she had embroidered.  Aren’t they lovely? She has a couple still available in her shop.

half moon pouch grey

half moon pouch indigoAll these images are from Liane’s blog – Enhabiten.  They are posted here with her permission.

Of course the other reason I have dyeing on the brain is because Shabd is coming to Kittery, Maine to teach a weekend workshop on dyeing.  It is scheduled for Mother’s Day weekend (May 10 + 11, 2014).  The registration page just when live yesterday.  Join the fun.  Email me at recovergirl360@gmail.com if you have any questions.

 

Danish Modern Furniture Auction

I went to my first auction today.  It is the annual (I think) Regal Danish Modern Auction which is held in Franklin, NH.  I’ve known about it for years but was never able to go before, for whatever reason.  The actual auction was intimidating but I can easily see that if you do your homework and know what you want then you can really walk away with a good deal.  The piece I was most attracted to was something I literally have no room for in my life.  It was a Danish granny-chic sofa that I would put in my imaginary second-hand wedding attire boutique called – Hello Again.

regal-auction-photosTo see lots more pictures of what went up for auction visit the Regal Auction website.

upcycled milk crates

This shipping crate sideboard (below) has been blogged about for years.  I’ve never heard anything more about it.  It doesn’t appear that it has ever been reproduced.  Too bad.  I love it.  According to Design Squish it was designed by Linda Jose.shipping-crate-drawerI just recently stumbled upon the up-cycled milk crate sideboard (below) on the Desire to Inspire blog. I would style it to be lighter and brighter than it is styled here but I love the concept. It doesn’t look the the milk crates hold anything which is too bad but it is a nice conversation piece and a handy sideboard.
upcycled milk crate sideboard
The best discovery from searching around for up-cycled milk crate furniture is that I stumbled upon Combo Colab and their XTOOL (below). You must watch their kickstarter campaign video.  Their campaign is fully funded and is now closed.  I LOVE this simple design. Great colors too. I’d love to have one of these as a side table or put two together to act as a coffee table. I hope they become available for purchase sometime soon.

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xtool kid

upcycled milk crate furniture

And don’t even get me started on their truck-a-float project. 

IDEA BOOK

Way back in 2005, before I started blogging and before Pinterest was on the scene — I kept an Idea book.  I cut and taped images and recipes into a journal.  While cleaning my craft room today, I came across three discs with scans of my entire 2005 Idea book.  Below is a collage of snippets from that journal.  And below that are links to three pdfs that include the scans of the entire journal.  Enjoy.

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2005 Idea Book Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

ANTIQUES JUNKIE

My new favorite junk shop is the Antiques Junkie on 125 Brewery Lane in Portsmouth, NH.  T.F. Sloan, the proprietor,  has created an inviting space with unique pieces at great prices.  Check it out — just don’t buy the blue bench or the red cart.  Save those for me. :)

AJ-1000-collageYou can follow the Antiques Junkie on Facebook.