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!
So happy, it's Friday! Do you feel me? The past few weeks have been filled with creativity but also, extremely fun & busy, so I am looking forward to the weekend to just semi-kickback and relax.
If you are a Shibori artist, like myself, then this article is my gift to you! My guess is that you are either basically brand new to Shibori and just starting out, or a bit more advanced and looking to deepen you're practice. Either way, you have come to the right place! Today, I am sharing all of my suggestions for supplies and materials so that you can get started having a blast with indigo dyes and creating Shibori patterns.
Keep reading to see which materials that I have found that work best from beginner to more advanced.
Happy Friday, everybody! Today, I am thrilled to announce my upcoming workshop series for this Spring. Creative Sundays workshops are designed to unite creative people and ignite your passion, while offering an opportunity to relax and work with your hands. Without further ado, here is what I am currently offering this Spring!
Indigo Shibori Private Lessons
Class description: Are you curious about how to work with natural indigo dye? Would you like to learn more about the intricacies of ancient Japanese Shibori? Through private lessons, you will explore the art of Shibori in a studio setting, practice natural indigo dyeing and learn to create Itajime, Arashi, and Kumo designs native to Japan. This class is suitable for beginners to intermediate Shibori artists, especially those who have attended workshops and wish to customize their designs. You can sign-up here or contact me with any questions!
MArch 4th: NaTural Bundle Dyeing and Aromatherapy Retreat
Class Description: Are you curious about how to use botanical materials, such as flowers, plants and fruits to create stunning original textiles? Do you want to learn more about essential oils and their unique properties. This workshop combines a love for natural dyeing with aromatherapy. In this half-day retreat, you will learn the basics of natural dye materials and use them to create spontaneous results. You will relax and enjoy aromatherapy as you create your own unique fragrance using essential oils with Flin Grant of the Art of Essentials. You will have the opportunity to create both a scarf and 2 aromatherapy fragrance blends. The workshop space is limited to 20 participants and you can sign-up here!
May 6th: Silk Textile Marbling
Class Description: You will create a beautiful marbled textile print on silk just in time for Mother's Day. In this workshop, you will explore the art of Ebru marbling on silk to create the perfect Summer accessory to gift. Participants will also experiment with marbled prints on paper which result in beautiful fine art prints. Space is limited to 12 guests, and you can register here.
I look forward to meeting you at one of these events sometime soon! The summer schedule is already in the works and will be announced shortly with an east L.A. indigo wardrobe upcycling party to benefit an environmental charity. In the meantime, please let me know, should you have any questions about upcoming events or private lessons this Spring. Have a great weekend!
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