Over the past few years, I have experimented with a variety of textile and surfaces for natural dyes. Indigo is my dye of choice, although I often experiment with botanical prints on fabric too. If you are a natural dyer, artist or simply someone looking to explore textiles in a more sustainable way, then I am going to share my favorite blank textiles for natural dyeing.
As you will see, all of my selections for this round-up are either cotton, linen or silk, which are all natural fibers.
Napkins and Paper Products
Tea Towels and Scarves
Tea towels are another awesome way to get started working with indigo and Shibori techniques. They make amazing accessories for your kitchen. If you wish to go larger or create a personal accessory, then I recommend a scarf!
Pocketsquares, T-shirts and Totes
If you are looking for additional items to dye that might make a great gift, then I highly recommend the items listed below. Pocket-squares make the perfect gift for a man, who likes to accessorize. Kid's t-shirts are a great birthday gift or baby shower gift, while tote-bags are reusable and always come in handy.
DIY TASSEL BASKET AND SNEAK PEAK at our Walnut NIGHTSTANDS
So this week, I am going to share with you 2 DIY projects that I have going on! One was a relatively simple tassel basket, while the other is a much more complex pair of custom walnut nightstands. The tassel basket was a relatively simple project that started at the tassel market in Mumbai about 1 month back. It so much interesting to go an soak in all of the options that were out there.
As many of you might know, leading up to this Spring One Room Challenge, I had been traveling for 20 days throughout India and Japan. Although, for the most part it was a family trip, I gathered tons of artistic inspiration and even squeezed in some design work while abroad. This work led me to the launch of my capsule indigo pillow collection and eventually the tassel market. Check out the picture of the tassel market below!
For the pillows, I really wanted to use chunky ivory wool yarn. Ultimately, I chose to design some tassels of our own. After coming up with this simple ivory design, I started to notice all of the tassel work that is out there and all of the amazing details that make the perfect tassel. You can meet the artist that made all of the tassels that I used in this basket.
I started out by choosing this basket. I'm sure you might have seen it because it has been around for a while now. After looking at many amazing baskets, I decided to use this one, although there were so many others out there. I will be sharing a basket round-up on Monday. This one is affordable, collapsible and the right size to be stowed beneath the DIY nightstand.
To make it look a bit more unique an authentic, I decided to customize it with the handmade tassels. I have seen so many cute pom-pom and tassel baskets out there. I love the way it looks with the ivory tassel against the neutral basket. Next, came the simplest part, I pushed the tie through a small hole in the opening of the basket weave, then I tied a knot in the yarn.
Avocado Dye on Silk Tutorial
If I told you that avocados could be used as a natural dye, I bet you would be surprised that they would create the most beautiful pink hues on fabric! This also makes a great last-minute Valentine's gift, if you happen to have a piece of silk laying around at home. Later, you can sew it into a pillow or gift a scarf to someone. If you have time, you could raid your local thrift shop for vintage silk camis or dress, that could be up-cycled too! This process also works well on a white kid's t-shirts that have become gray. Although today, I will share the results on silk you can certainly try this on cotton or wool too!
Today, I will share with you 2 silk scarves left in the dye pot for varying amounts of time. The white silk to the left shows how the silk looked prior to dyeing. At right, you can see the pale ballet pink that can be achieved with avocado pits and skins. Read more to learn about the process, plus see all of the wonderful results!
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