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Natural Dye Workshop

In August five members of the Sunshine Coast Spinners and Weavers Guild had the opportunity to take a three day workshop on blockprinting, stenciling and resists with natural dyes with talented local artist Janna Maria Vallee.  Janna Maria has degrees from Capilano College and Concordia and was home for the summer from New York where […]

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Christmas Road Farm

Over the years I have enjoyed seeing Pat and Diane Walker of Christmas Road Farm at the Sechelt and Roberts Creek Farmers Markets.  In early August I had the pleasure of touring their ten acre farm to interview them and photograph their flock of sheep as a new wool source for the Fibreshed program. Pat […]

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July Dyeing Party

This time of year our gardens are filled with beautiful flowers.  On a sunny day in July five members of the Sunshine Coast Spinners and Weavers Guild gathered for a day of dyeing.  We all brought contributions of flowers and foliage from our dye gardens. We had many activities going on.  We added wool rovings, […]

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Eco-printing Paper with Flowers

This time of year our gardens are filling with beautiful flowers.  Blossoms can be layered with paper and steamed to make lovely greeting cards, tags, wrapping paper and gift baskets.  There are a number of different ways to eco-print paper and this is a description of a steaming method I use. A variety of papers […]

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Dyeing with Hydnellum aurantiacum

On March 31 we gathered for the third and final dyeing workshop with Ann Harmer (see two previous blog entries for the first two workshops).  The mushroom featured was Hydnellum aurantiacum. Hydnellum (which has no common name) grows in the forest floor in moss and duff and in sun or shade.   Its upper surface can […]

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Dyeing with Lobster Mushrooms

On March 24 we gathered for Ann Harmer’s second mushroom dyeing workshop.  This time the Lobster mushroom (Hypomyces lactifluorum) was featured.  (See the March 20 blog for the previous workshop.) The Lobster mushroom is a parasite on other mushrooms.  Here on the Sunshine Coast its host is a white mushroom, Russula brevipes, found in older […]

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Dyeing with Dyer’s Polypor

On March 17th some members of the Sunshine Coast Spinners and Weavers Guild gathered for the first in a series of three mushroom dyeing workshops given by Ann Harmer (Mushroom Annie). Ann has a wealth of knowledge and experience with our local mushrooms and their use for eating, dyeing and papermaking.  She brought along two […]

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Another Season of Japanese Indigo

(Last year the Sunshine Coast Spinners and Weavers Guild had a project growing and dyeing with Japanese indigo.  (See “Sea Foam Blue” blog on October 5, 2013.)  Some members did some further dyeing and obtained a darker blue using Spectralite in a technique described by Rebecca Burgess in her book “Harvesting Color”.  This week at […]

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Spinning Clinic – a Gathering

Winter – that time of year when we slow down after creating a warm and loving environment for our friends and family and gather to share gifts, food and warm memories of another Holiday Season.  That time has passed for another year and now that we are starting to stir in our creative spirits we […]

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