I am SOOO excited for this weekend’s Jackalope Denver Indie Artisan Fair. In addition to getting a chance to meet a ton of lovely people at me booth, I’ll ALSO be teaching a workshop!
The class is from 2-3pm on Saturday, December 8th. Space is limited, so signing up ahead of the fair guarantees you a spot. If we don’t fill up ahead of the fair we’ll also be accepting same day registrations 🙂
The class is suitable for ALL AGES, and skill levels. Whether you’ve done Shibori and indigo dyeing before, or you don’t even know what those words mean – this class is for you! Since the class size will be small, and we will have a full hour, I’ll be able to devote a lot of individual attention to each student.
Each student will get to make their choice of : a tea towel, a bandana, a baby onesie or baby tee (sizes for baby onesies and tees are limited). It’s the perfect opportunity to learn a new skill AND make a thoughtful and love-filled gift for the holidays. All materials are included in the $35 tuition fee.
So it’s probably rule #1 in some blog how-to somewhere that you shouldn’t send people to other sources… but I’m such a fan-girl of these folks that I really can’t help it.
I recently wrote out a list of some resources for a friend’s son who might be interested in Shibori and Natural Dyeing, and I got a bit carried away. I realized that I had all of these amazing resources now, but when I started this journey 2 years ago I didn’t have ANY idea where to begin. Now that I’ve found all of these sources of learning and inspiration, I have to share them. Maybe there’s someone out there now, overwhelmed and lost, like I was. I want to help that person. I want to help YOU!
One of my favorite things about the Natural Dye community is that it is a community. Because we make things slowly, with our hands, there’s room for all of us. No one “big fish” is going to swallow up all the “competition”. So, with that said, here’s a cheat sheet to get you started. If you’ve stumbled upon this list and you have something you think I missed, hit me up in the comments! I hope this helps in some small way on your textile adventures!
XO ❤ , Kate
THE ACTUAL LIST:
Still my favorite resource by far. Books are the best. You should read them.
I still love books, but Blogs are good too.
My favorite resources for dyestuff, blank textiles, and all that good stuff.
My sweet senior dogs, Smithwick and Pepper, are my constant companions. And by “sweet” I of course mean: bossy, loving, too smart for their own good, cuddly, demanding of attention, and adorable.
Being one’s own boss, and having one’s “office” in the home has a whole lot of benefits… but also a few downsides, doggie company being firmly placed on *BOTH* lists.
“What ever do you MEAN, Kate?!”, you say, “Your dogs are SOOO cute!”, and “I wish I could hang with MY pets all day!”. OK. Fair enough. But have you ever tried to actually accomplish work while your dogs look at you with those “LOVE ME! I’M RIGHT HERE!” guilt-trip eyes? Because it’s not easy, I can tell you that much.
At this time of year I’m running around with my hair on fire (*usually* not literally), trying to MAKE MAKE MAKE SEW SEW SEW DYE DYE DYE COFFEE COFFEE COFFEE as much as I can before my Holiday Markets (Calendar HERE!), and any distraction is – well – a distraction. I really don’t know what the “answer” is, other than the answer I seem to come to with everything in my life: try to balance, do the best you can, and accept when you just can’t seem to stay on that tightrope.
As an illustration of my point – here are the photos from my last, incomplete, photo-shoot for my new Meditation Pillows… I mean, they ARE cute. I may just use them after all – it’s not like I ever claimed to be professional. hah! What do you think?