• Hand Knits,  Handmade,  Natural Dyes,  Small Busniess,  Uncategorized

    Shop Update

    I’m slowly, but surely getting around to updating my shop with new things that I have been working on over the last couple of months. It’s taken me longer then I had wanted it to, but sometimes that’s how things go. I’ve been working on a couple different things, including upcycled wool diaper cover/soakers and hand knit baby bonnets, along with hand dyed pot holders. Check it out www.goldfinchlimited.etsy.com

  • Natural Dyes,  Sewing

    Finished Quilt

    Over the weekend, I finished up a naturally dyed and hand stitched baby quilt. Some projects seem to drag at the end and you just want to finish the piece, but it’s hard to get there. I have had a few of those projects lately, so it was a pleasure to work on something that I was not only excited to see completed, but that I really wanted to do the work to get there. I don’t feel the photos that I have taken thus far do the quilt justice. I want to take it around to everyone and show them so they can see it with their own eyes. I guess you…

  • Hand Knits,  Handmade,  Natural Dyes,  Small Busniess,  Works-in-Progress

    Monday Mornings

    We had a beautiful Sunday, filled with knitting, napping, BBQing, fishing, bike riding, and lots and lots of family time. I woke up this morning ready to work on all my current works-in-progress. Trying to decide where to start can always be a little bit of a challenge for me when I’m really enjoying working on each of them. I am currently working on a few prototypes for hand dyed baby knits and hand dyed/stitched quilts. I’m very excited about the direction these projects are going, but one can only work so fast. I only have two hands. The slow and meditative work allows for love and intention to be worked…

  • Natural Dyes,  Small Busniess

    Custom Hand Dyed Sundresses 

    I was recently asked by a friend to hand dye a few sundresses for her girls. I dyed the empire waist dresses with dried marigolds that my brother-in-law grew in his garden last summer. The golden yellow is so bright and cheery!  The tiered dresses were dyed with avocado pits, creating warm spring pink. I used Shibori resist techniques to create the overall all pattern on each dress. I am really pleased with the results and I hope the girls love them as much as I do! If you are interested in custom hand dyed dresses for your little ones, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I would love to…

  • Handmade,  Natural Dyes,  Sewing,  Slow Fashion

    Beginnings of Slow Fashion

    A few years ago when I started sewing for myself, the motivation was based on the enjoyment of the making process and the speed at which I could have a completed project. I was a knitter and at the time very slow, but I knew the joy of wearing something that you have made for yourself with your own two hands. With sewing, I could create something much quicker, almost instant gratification. It was a magical discovery! At the time, I knew nothing of the slow fashion movement. I did know that I didn’t like to shop because I was not happy with the ever changing styles and lack of…

  • Natural Dyes,  Sewing,  Slow Fashion

    Contemplating Process: A Zero Waste Shirt

    In my last post, I talked about surface design and the struggles I was running into. What I had neglected to do during my weeks worth of work was take more process pictures, so I don’t have pictures from every step of the following process…lesson learned. I was concentrating on the end product and I was not thinking about the process as much as I should have been. Through the process of making, we are learning so many things. What would make the project work better next time? Would I do any of this again or is there a better/different way? Is this the direction I want the project to go or…

  • Natural Dyes

    Surface Design: Trial and Error

    While reading of a variety of natural dyeing books, I have come across an aspect to the process that adds another level of beauty to the project. Surface design is the art of making  patterns on the fabric or yarn. A concentrate of natural dye or a modifier can be painted on the fabric. Shibori techniques can be used to create a variety of patterns. Resist dyeing, dip dyeing, layering the colors, knots in the fabric are also different ways to explore surface design. I have been experimenting with many of these techniques to see what I can create. It has definitely been a lesson in trial and error.  Going into the…

  • Natural Dyes

    Color from Compost

    Since starting with natural dyeing, I have been experimenting with compost colors. In my kitchen, on a daily basis, I have access to beautiful colors in the form of onion skins, avocado pits and skins, and coffee grounds. The possibilities are endless and I’m excited to see what else I can create!

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