Weavers in India

Weavers in India

April 22, 2018
We spent a month in India this winter and I'd like to share with you some of the highlights.  This is the first of several postings of our trip.
A Whole Whack of Rupees

A Whole Whack of Rupees

December 20, 2017
Our trip to India is soon arriving. Making contacts with old friends and continued adventures await us.
Caring for Your Naturally-dyed Scarf

Caring for Your Naturally-dyed Scarf

December 18, 2017
Garment care labels can be difficult to navigate. In this blog post you can find a link to the Canadian website for care symbols and what they mean.
Dyeing with Cochineal

Dyeing with Cochineal

September 26, 2017

This amazing pink and dark red is achieved from small bugs called cochineal that live on desert cactus. See some of the dying take place in this video.

Dyeing with Weld - A Natural Dye

Dyeing with Weld - A Natural Dye

September 17, 2017
Weld is one of the most light fast and colour-fast plants to dye with. It produces a beautiful and brilliant yellow; even moreso on yummy Merino wool.
Pop-Up Event in Saskatoon - April 2017

Pop-Up Event in Saskatoon - April 2017

May 08, 2017
A Pop-up event in Saskatoon featuring classic linen designs. Wearable and breath-easy for women who value authentic simplicity in their dress.
Print & Paint with Natural Dyes

Print & Paint with Natural Dyes

May 05, 2017
A workshop of printing and painting with natural dyes. So wonderful to attend another workshop at Maiwa Handprints!
Design Inspiration from Tilke's 'Costume Patterns and Designs'

Design Inspiration from Tilke's 'Costume Patterns and Designs'

May 02, 2017
I discovered this book and it's wonders many years ago in Duthie's Books; Vancouver's then-famous bookstore. It was a treasure to find since I had just come back from far-flung travels.
'Colours of Nature' with Charlotte Kwon

'Colours of Nature' with Charlotte Kwon

April 16, 2017
This amazing 4-day workshop was with master dyer Charlotte Kwon from Maiwa Handprints in Vancouver. An in-depth study and preparation of many different kinds of fabrics.
Black Gold

Black Gold

February 18, 2017
It was a fun night at Black Gold, an event put on by the University of Saskatchewan African Student's Association. Having my designs in the fashion show was appreciated and the students looked great.
Silk Taffeta - Dying with Indigo

Silk Taffeta - Dying with Indigo

February 06, 2017
Silk taffeta has a lot of beautiful qualities, one of which is sound. It makes a swish sound when you wear it - another dimension that makes this fabric so exotic.
Vintage and Collectable, Japanese Indigo Textiles

Vintage and Collectable, Japanese Indigo Textiles

January 17, 2017
I think when I really fell in love with indigo fabric was when I lived in Japan for almost two years during the mid-80's. It was becoming rare and collectable even at that time.