Category Archives: Craft

The Maker, the Power, and the Planet

I belong to a couple groups where artisans share their experience making contacts prints on cloth or paper with a variety of plant materials. These are commonly referred to as “eco-prints,” using the term India Flint came up with to … Continue reading

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“Red” Project: Quilt as Learning Landscape

It’s finished! My crazy stitching project that wound up as a quilt… or as I prefer thinking of it, my magic cloak. The project began in October 2014, when I decided to dye some assorted fabric (including a batik experiment) … Continue reading

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Earth Cloth: The Gathering

Over the past year and a half, my natural dye experiments have involved avocado pits, cranberries, dandelions, geraniums, maple leaves, onion skin, pomegranate rind, red cabbage, and wild carrot. The results have never quite seemed worth the multi-day processing and … Continue reading

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Earth Cloth: Dried Plants from Winter Garden

I couldn’t wait till the greening of spring. Before my late winter pruning cuts everything down, I thought that the dried remains of last summer might be good for something. [Continued here>>>]

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Learning: Dyeing Hand Towels

The snow for ice-dyeing is gone for the moment, but I needed an antidote to shuffling tax papers. You rarely see terry cloth towels in any but solid colors, but I’ve been intrigued about whether they’d make good subjects. I … Continue reading

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Earth Cloth: Avocado Pits

Instructions for dyeing cloth with avocado pits are here>>>

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Dollmaking: The Anchorite

I’m moving very slowly on this doll because I keep putting it aside as “ruined.” But I also know that ruining an art project is license to start experimenting and having fun. To hell with perfection. [Continued here>>>]

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Earth Cloth: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral

In my fascination with textile arts, I keep wanting to make “eco-prints,” or rich patterns on cloth using botanical material. Here in the northern hemisphere, it isn’t really the season, so I decided to experiment with the onion skins I’d … Continue reading

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Dollmaking: Winter Wilma Comes to Life

If you are ever lonely, make a doll. As long as your mind is open and imagination unfettered, you will have a companion, usually congenial, always opinionated. The “quickening” usually comes when you give your lump of stuffing a face. … Continue reading

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Snow Dyeing: Transformation of the Eco-Duds

Last year I was enchanted by the possibility of creating “eco-prints,” by bundling up flowers and leaves in white cloth and letting them “cold-process” for a month or steaming them on the stove. The results were not pretty, literally. [Continued … Continue reading

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