• Natural Dyes,  Reclaimed Materials,  Slow Fashion,  Sustainability,  Upcycled Materials

    Out and About

    Happy Friday! It’s been a whirlwind of a week with little sleep. I have been doing a lots of knitting (see above walk with kiddos…having knitting will travel, right?) and planning for future dye projects, but don’t have much to share at the moment. Teething baby has left me with lots of nursing time and I have been reading and researching during much of that time. I’ve been coming across and collecting articles and links related to sustainability and the fashion industry. So I thought I would compile a list regularly for you to peruse at your leisure. I don’t want to limit this collection to sustainability and fashion, but also…

  • Design,  DIY,  Handmade,  Natural Dyes,  Reclaimed Materials,  Slow Fashion,  Upcycled Materials

    Experiments with Painting Fabric

    Lately I’ve been intrigued by the idea of painting with natural dyes. My hope and vision is to use natural color to create unique painted fabric using upcycled cloth. I’ve tried working with iron water as color modifier to paint patterns on naturally dyed fabric, but I have not been very successful. The patterns and colors tend to bleed together too much when washed. After some initial research in Natural Color by Sasha Duerr, I decided to go ahead and give it a try. Promagrenate skin dye was up first. I simmered the skins on and off for a day. After straining the liquid from the pulp, I reduced the…

  • 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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