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.
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.
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.
All 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 email@example.com if you have any questions.
After Halloween my mind jumps to the next time I can dress up. For me that’s New Year’s Eve. Last year I wore pajamas and rhinestones. That was fun. This year I want to wear a tutu. A cross between something Carrie Bradshaw and Cyndi Lauper would wear. I think I want a colorful tutu that goes to the knee. I want to wear it with a vintage slub t-shirt or a slouchy sweatshirt — with either sneakers or boots. I know. It could be a train wreck.
I like the simplicity of Carrie’s outfit. A mint tutu with a super soft vintage T and blazer would be great, but I can’t wear heels. That’s why I like the Cyndi Lauper influence. I need to be comfortable and warm. My favorite part of New Year’s Eve is when I literally dance in the street.
There are lots of options available on Etsy. The most affordable seem to be square dancing petticoats. I’m tempted to make my own. Could I buy an awful old wedding dress, tear out the underskirt and dye it?