We thought we’d post the following workshop to our guild series.
Dresden dyer’s guild coat of arms includes stirring and turning sticks, a reel for winding fabric, and a rake.
We felt it appropriate this season to begin a workshop series in different studio/workspaces and give each
its own little dyer’s guild.
MAX CAPACITY: 12 students
TIME: 10-4 (we will take a break in the afternoon-food nearby, kitchen space in shop.)
HOW TO SIGN UP FOR WORKSHOP: Pay ahead using paypal and send payment to
firstname.lastname@example.org, and in an email, RSVP your name and we will send you a waiver and
release of liability to sign before workshop.
Queen Elizabeth in Tyrian Purple (mollusk) and below; Shakespeare’s Globe Theater today.
Elissa and I were surprised and delighted to be invited to interview with Michael Tortorello two weeks ago for
an article in The New York Times! The article is in todays paper and available online. They even sent
photographer Steve Legato to take pictures of us working. Some of those photos appear in the slide show.
Take a look!
- Mira Sophia
We have been working on some swatches. Making lots of over dye swatches with beautifully knitted fibers.
Checkout http://www.admknitting.com/ who we have collaborated with on the swatches.
Gain a hands-on understanding of the processes involved in using plant material to create naturally dyed fabrics.
Workshop includes lecture and demonstration of using raw plant materials to make madder root red and marigold
yellow. Leave workshop with a handkerchief or bracelet.
Space is limited. RSVP to email@example.com
Today, Monday October 3rd, Elissa and I harvested the indigo we planted this spring. It was a solemn occasion.
We are fast approaching the moment of truth. Will these plants, which we have lovingly cared for, yield the
precious blue pigment we seek?
As a gardener I always find harvest bittersweet. After months of carefully tending these plants we pull them all
up. In less than an hour the patch is bare, no hint of what was so happily growing there only this morning.
If there is sorrow there is also a growing sense of excitement. The harvested indigo makes an impressive pile!
We haven’t worked hard for nothing – this will be a success! Won’t it?
Certainly the blue stains on our fingers indicate something!
Of course harvesting is the easy part. Now we must process the plants. To save space we decided to remove
all the stems since they don’t contain the sought after pigment. Not surprisingly this took some time!
Special ‘thank you’ to a couple friends (you know who you are!) who assisted with this task!
Many hours later we have two kiddie pools of leaves cozily steeping in the kitchen. I think that’s enough
for one day, don’t you?
In closing I’d like to give a shout out to all the beneficial insects out there – we couldn’t have done this without
you! Also I have only just learned that our indigo, common name of Japanese Indigo, no longer answers to
the name of Polygonum tinctorium (thank you very much!) but prefers the moniker Persicaria tinctorium. Just
so you know!
- Mira Sophia