It was great to connect with everyone all around the country at the shows this year. I have been practicing and perfecting the new shibori cuts, and also enjoying doing the landscapes. Send me your finished pictures! I'd love to see them. I will continue dyeing printed fabrics, solids, laces, linens, trims and some clothing items - including socks, of course!
My gardens were wonderful this year and always a source of inspiration. The rains in the spring really gave everything a boost all through the summer. But now it is December already and time for a rest from most of the outside work. It is a joy to be making beautiful colors all year 'round!
Over the years, I have been asked to teach dyeing classes, and for many reasons I always decline. I usually recommend a book called "Color by Accident" by Ann Johnston. Now, Ann has produced a DVD that is perfect if you are not able to take a class, and want a more hands-on approach than reading a book. Her method is straightforward, informative and very helpful. It consists of a 2 disk set, 4 hours and 19 minutes running time total. Here is a link to a 3 minute trailer. Enjoy!