I have been off line so long you all must think I drowned in all of the spring rains I was complaining of! It has been a summer devoted more to design than to art, and I write slightly more frequently about that work on my other blog, http://lfntextiles.blogspot.com. However, with a show scheduled at Patina Gallery in Santa Fe this October I am beginning to weave again in earnest and will begin posting about that soon.
Earlier in June, however, we did have the natural dye workshop with Michele Wipplinger that I had posted about. It was fascinating to be able to produce such a broad range of colors from her natural dye extracts. We had participants from New York, Nepal, and Senegal, Docey Lewis having brought in colleagues from these places to catch up on dye technology. Keith Recker, editor in chief of Hand/Eye magazine was among us too. We worked in the lovely little Sarah Campbell Blaffer pottery studio in New Harmony, well lit and surprisingly well suited to our task. We had some glorious cool sunny days and were able to spread out yarns out under a shade tree to dry. And I want to point out the great fashion statement in the long red & yellow gloves!
Hi Laura, I’m a little curios about those hoops that dyers are using to pull skeins out of the dyepot. Can you describe them?
Diane, the hoops are heavy coated wire that the skeins are suspended from. It makes it easier to dip the skeins in & out to keep dye takeup even, and keeps the skeins from tangling.
I wanted to take that workshop too, Glad you had a good time.