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For the Love of Fiber

By April

Fall is fast approaching. The light and changes of color are everywhere.

I had an amazing opportunity to take a fall color, natural dye class at Wild Craft Studio School last weekend. The studio is in the hills of White Salmon, Washington. Such a lovely place to get away and learn something new.

First we hiked the hills to forage for ingredients to use as natural dyes.

Then we prepared the ingredients for the dye pots. Shown below: walnut, poke berry and dyer’s polypore.

Oregon Grape ready to be prepared shown below.

Some swatches of naturally dyed fiber hanging in the studio.

Our swatches of fabric and yarn hanging out to dry.

This is piece is from a classmate, it reflects a combination of several different plant dyes.

 I learned lots of new things about preparing fabric for dying. Types of fabrics best used for this type of natural dying. There are many things all around us that can be used to rejuvenate an old sweater with natural dye. Experimentation with plants and variables can be exciting and different every time.

Good times, good food, good folks. Wild Craft Studio School only offers classes during the non snowy months. There are still a few classes for this season. The disciplines meet where nature and craft intersect.

Happy Fall!

Home Sewn Home

by Adrianna

It is interesting that a lot of people in my life, including myself, have moved to a new house or apartment this month, happily to better situations and places of growth. Moving can be a stressful situation, but also a wonderful one- You get to start fresh in a new place! Even if you move into a hundred year old building there is still a sense of being refreshed.  Moving also gives you the chance to get rid of excess baggage, and buy or make new things that are appropriate for your new place. I find I learn a little bit more about myself every time I relocate, realizing things I keep and discard. Besides family photos and a few art projects I have discovered that I have quite the opposite of an attachment problem.

                With this recent move especially I donated and threw out almost everything since my significant other and I moved into our own place with no roommates. We got a little over excited to buy and make things together that we didn’t really think of necessary things that we should keep/have. For example, oven mitts! Those handy (no pun intended) little things the you probably never think about on a regular basis until that first night in the new place - dishes and the like still packed away, you decide to make a pizza and when the timer goes off on the oven you realize- you don’t have any.

                At Bolt we have several, great, books on sewing things for around the house, and I took this opportunity to browse through them. Even if you aren’t planning on moving any time soon, I would still suggest perusing through these books. They have wonderful, easy, and quick projects that you can do to spice up your nest or make for gifts. The two books that I referenced were Home Sewn Home by Sally Walton and Simple Sewing by Lotta Jansdotter.  There are projects for every room in the house (including oven mitts!) items that you realize you could redo, or wonder how you lived without. Also included are some fun projects to create that can make your home sweet and darling.

                I’m a morning person and my guy is a night owl- and we live in a studio. To make it a win win situation I made us some sleeping eye masks from a new line of organic cotton at Bolt, utilizing our selection of trim and fun elastic. You can use your scraps of cotton batting from making oven mitts, or quilting projects, to line the eye masks to make them super soft against your face.

                Another project that I did just for giggles is a bath cap. Who doesn’t like to relax every now and then in a nice bubble bath? With my hair getting ever longer by the day, I have had the problem of accidentally soaking my hair in bubbles when I didn’t intend to, so I figured I would probably use this project at some point. This is an especially fun project to complete and I would highly suggest experimenting with trims, bias tape, and ribbons. For a bath cap you only need half a yard of fabric, or one fat quarter for the inside and outside. Using two different fat quarters can be fun because the cap can be reversible. I used a fat quarter of some chocolate treats print that we probably still have floating around the store bins for one side (because every bubble bath requires chocolate) and a solid color for the other, to add subtle detail.

                Because I am primarily an apparel seamstress I found these projects so fun to do! All of the projects I completed took about an hour or less a piece to complete, and were really easy to do so these could be great projects for a novice sewer! These projects would also be great stocking stuffers, and since the holidays are catching up to us quickly, I’d suggest giving these a try for an easy, fun, and loveable gift:)

Happy Sewing everyone and see you around the shop

Adrianna

Just In: Cleta, Kaufman novelty and flannels, Blend

by Gina, photos from April

April and I realized we failed to post the fantastic Robert Kaufman Mammoth flannel group. These flannels are great for apparel beyond PJs! Their texture (almost nubby, wool-like), gives them this wonderful feel and makes them perfect for a cozy Negroni. This first day of drizzle makes me feel ready for this cozy stuff…

Bike prints tend to be pretty popular around here and this funky, fun new group “Cleta” by Art Gallery provides a bit of a different spin on the basic prints we’ve had in the past. I’m particularly fond of the chain print and the weird bike trees.

A few more pieces from Kaufman and Dear Stella (I’m loving those metallic sea horses!):

And, this soft, calm group by Shell Rummel for Blend Fabrics, “Sweet Siesta.”

A few new apparel pieces, a voile and two knits from Art Gallery (we have had the grey knit before, but it ran out of here so quickly we picked it up again).

See you soon!