The Yarn Industry and the Environment

“On some level the (large-scale) craft industry and the textile industry share the same supply streams until the final stages,” Dale Washburn, founder of yarn company Bellatrista, says in an email. “That is, the production of the raw fiber, the large-scale dyeing, etc. are indistinguishable. They only really diverge when the finished fiber/thread is spun into yarn or sent to be woven into cloth and sewn into garments. So,Continue reading “The Yarn Industry and the Environment”

Weaving History Conference

This is new to me but so glad Weaver House sent this along in their newsletter this week! October 25-27, 2021 The 26th Annual Weaving History Conference is excited to invite you to this year’s virtual conference! We have a fabulous lineup of speakers in store, presenting on a wide range of fascinating topics, whichContinue reading “Weaving History Conference”

Alabama Chanin

I learned about Alabama Studio and Natalie Chanin through a Dye Talk a week ago and just feel in like with her journey and her business model. So I purchased one of five of her books to enhance by sewing and embroidery skills. The designs are simple but amazing! Alabama Chanin is a lifestyle companyContinue reading “Alabama Chanin”

Kibibi Ajanku’s Indigo Journey

Indigo dye has a history that spans many continents. When I learned about Baltimore Dye Initiative, I learned about artist and Master Dyer, Kibibi Ajanku. Her work is amazing! Yet, my interest in her work comes with uncovering the indigo dye production in America from West Africa. So if you are into the history andContinue reading “Kibibi Ajanku’s Indigo Journey”

Do you know about Nest?

I am a researcher -more lately with my work around textile and fiber design and history. When I found out about Nest co-op, I instantly became a member back in December. Founded by Rebecca van Bergen in 2006, she followed her passion to turn craft, the 2nd largest employer of women globally, into a meansContinue reading “Do you know about Nest?”

1/20 @ 2pmET: Textile Talk: Surface Design Association

Natural Dyes & the Natural Dye Garden January 20 from 2:00-3:00 PM ET for the next Textile Talk! Register. Why use natural dyes? The winter months are a perfect time to plan next year’s natural dye garden. Please join our guests Catharine Ellis, Kim Eichler-Messmer, and Kenya Miles and Rosa Chang of the Baltimore NaturalContinue reading “1/20 @ 2pmET: Textile Talk: Surface Design Association”