This is my first time writing a post from an app without a keyboard, so I apologize if it’s a little choppy.
I’ve been in Boston for the past couple of days, and it has been great. I had a very craft-tastic, albeit rainy, weekend.
After my red eye flight Saturday night, I made my way over to FiberCamp, hosted by the Common Cod Guild, for a wonderful, chock full day of fiber workshops, including learning how to spin on a bottom whorl drop spindle, how to recycle sweaters for yarn, and new double knitting techniques. I picked up some new skills and met some very friendly fellow crafters. Then, to top it off, I had a lovely evening catching up with my dear friend (and practically brother), Andrew, over delicious Thai food.
On Saturday, before my flight, I spent the day in Sebastopol for an eco dyeing class. Jonatha (She Was No Ordinary Knitter), who I met at the shibori and natural dye class in January, opened up her home to a handful of us to teach us how to use leaves and other vegetation to make beautiful imprints on wool.
Jonatha showed us several of her enchanting pieces, and then we jumped right into creating our own eco dyed table runner or scarf.
The whole process, in a nutshell, included arranging leaves (Maple, Eucalyptus, Blueberry, etc.) on a soaked piece of wool, rolling it onto a copper or iron bar, streaming it, soaking it in a tea, and painfully waiting for it to cool before unveiling the finished piece.
Pretty cool, huh?
My eco dyed piece is now drying back home, and the dye should be fully set once I get back in a couple weeks. I will post more photos of the finished project after I rinse and dry it.
My friend, Bethany, arrives tomorrow from London. So, wedding planning adventures with the bride-to-be will start very soon.
And now, to finish this post and say good night, here is a super cute photo of Jonatha’s cats, Gus and Smudge (aka, Smudgalicious).