5th Annual Women’s Clothing Swap

Hey Look — Kirsten and I made a fun little video to get everyone excited for the 5th Annual Women’s Clothing Swap.  The Swap is this Saturday, May 3rd from 10am-2pm at the Portsmouth Public Library.  Join the Swap FB event page and invite your friends.

ALSO — Join us on Thursday (May 1st) at 6:30pm for a free screening of Party Girl.  A preview of early donations will be on display.  Wear something fabulous and let’s talk swap.

BTW — the video I made with Kirsten was totally inspired by this Prada Video.

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.

indietop

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.

pad4

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.

up6

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.

 

5th Annual Women’s Clothing Swap

The 5th Annual Women’s Clothing Swap Facebook event page is up. Join in and invite your friends. The swap is scheduled for Saturday, May 3rd 2014 from 10am-2pm at the Portsmouth Public Library.  Bring a bag of clothing and accessories and leave with a bag of new-to-you items. All leftover items will be donated to Goodwill Industries of Northern New England.  In the spirit of giving we ask that you give more than you get.

5th-annual-swap-blog-post

Questions? Email me at recovergirl360@gmail.com

China Pig Vintage – UK

I’m back in love with vintage.  There was a while there when I felt like I needed to grow up and dress my age. I tried it and it didn’t feel like me. Recently, I stumbled upon China Pig Vintage.  Her ensembles make me want to play with fashion again.  I want to wear a cross between crazy vintage fashion and librarian-chic outfits.

chinapigvintagepinksmoke

chinapigvintagewintercoatmustardandred

pinkandred

yellowandorange

I, of course, will wear more sensible shoes. :)

Dyeing Workshop w/ Shabd in Kittery, Maine

I am so excited to finally announce that Shabd Simon-Alexander is coming to Kittery to teach a dyeing workshop.  Amelia Davis of Folk and I will be hosting the workshop at Buoy Gallery on Mother’s Day weekend (May 10 + 11, 2014).  Shabd is an internationally renowned textile artist and designer.  Her recently published book — TIE DYE — is a must have for modern crafters.   More details very soon — but for now SAVE THE DATES!

shabd-grid-450-wideIf you have any questions about the workshop or want to reserve a spot for you and a friend email me at recovergirl360@gmail.com. SPACE IS LIMITED.

Shabd will be staying at the newly renovated Hotel Portsmouth for the weekend.  Follow The Hotel Portsmouth and Shabd on Instagram to get the inside scoop.