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Eco Dye Class and FiberCamp

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.

Like this…

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Beautiful.

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.

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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).

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