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Today I got the scarves I snow-dyed last Thursday and the scarves and fabrics I LWI dyed last Saturday. Here is a pic of most of the 50 scarves hanging to dry in my studio.
This is just the pic for now – posted for an online friend to see while we are chatting! Rest of post will come soon – I promise.
Although there was snow on the ground yesterday am, I had to go to Regina for my weekly Creative Entrepreneurship class at the SK Arts Board. I checked the weather forecast and it seemed like Mother Nature would cooperate and keep it cool enough to keep the snow we had plus add a bit more. The drive home last night ok except for about the last hour when the road had some accumulation and required slower speeds for safety.
I could hardly wait to get to the studio to get started prepping for snow dyeing. EXCEPT today was the day I had arranged for Elaine Robitaille of http://www.tooaquarius.com/ to come to the studio. She’s helping me get my website up and running FINALLY. We had our chat and some lunch, then Elaine came outside to help me gather snow for my snow dyeing. There was enough on the picnic table to fill my bin.
After Elaine went home, I came back, put the scarves in the soda ash to soak while I set up the bins and mixed the dye concentrates. I found some more new dyes I hadn’t tried yet, so it will be interesting to see how they turn out. I put at least 2 different type of scarves per bin, some had 3 so I have between 2-3 dozen scarves in the snow dyeing process. I also dyed a rayon top and a cotton T-shirt to see how the process works with clothing.
Hopefully I can rinse these tomorrow and dye some fabric with the rest of the dye concentrates. I don’t expect there to be enough snow to do any more snow dyeing. As usual, I took the gloves off several times and have multi-colored hands. I may as well get all the dyeing done so the dye can wear off over the weekend.
These are the scarves that have headed over to Empire Clothing in Swift Current after Jacinda picked them out on Monday evening. She has a selection of my scarves including the jewel toned silk velvet, hand woven rayon ones with fringe, and the silk habotai brights and painted scarves – all but 2 of the painted scarves that were there have sold, including the one I borrowed for my jurying interviews in March. Looks like I will need to get to work painting some more scarves in May! Jacinda has a shop full of interesting accessories and is the only retail location carrying my scarves in Swift Current.
Otherwise it’s been a fairly busy day preparing to leave for Quilt Canada in Calgary next week. I finally found my Delegate package so I can gather and pack my supplies for the 2 2 day workshops I will be taking with Sandra Meech. I am looking forward to 4 days just working on my own work!!
I I also managed to get to Milky Way Ice cream shop in Regina http://bit.ly/8Xa4D6. I heard about it the other day on CBC. It seems to be one of the signs of spring in Regina when it opens. Their claim to fame is that they telephone folks and tell them what the flavour of the day for the soft ice cream is – oh yes – they have the regular flavours of soft ice cream – choc, vanilla , choc/vanilla twist, strawberry/vanilla twist – but also have a flavour of the day – today’s was creme de menthe so I passed on it. It really is the best soft icecream I’ve had – and I’ve had some good stuff. I think it may become a regular part of my Regina visits on Wednesdays – it’s only a few blocks from Broad Street. It’s a family owned business and only takes cash.
I bought a kit of Color Hue Dyes last fall and had a great time using it to dye silk scarves. I tracked down a wholesaler, picked up my first order a week or so ago in Sweetgrass, MT, and brought it back through Canada Customs commerically. That was a learning experience in itself. I now have all the colours available from this wholesaler so I can offer workshops like this in my studio or on site somewhere else.
We spend some time picking out colours from the scarves I’ve already made plus the colour samples and practicing how to apply the dye on paper towels. This lets them get used to how the dye works and how they might want to apply it for the desired effect.
Since the first batch of scarves was made by me just having fun with the dyes, I didn’t write down amounts when mixing colors. I remind them that they want something unique for themselves. For these groups, I mix the colours for each person but other groups may want to do it themselves.
For privacy reasons, I am not showing students faces on the blog. All photos are clickable to see larger versions.
Our activity concluded with coffee and snacks brought by the rec coordinator. Everyone seems quite pleased with the scarf they’ve created. Some have taken the option of making a scarf for an additional fee to cover the scarf and dye costs. Several of the participants have expressed interest in coming back to make another one.
Feedback from the recreation coordinator about last week’s participants is that they have been wearing the scarves they made to other activities.
I spent this morning working on the exercises to develop my mission statements and vision statement for my business class homework. The exercises have required a lot of introspection and thinking. I’m finding I can only do one exercise at a time (they can take awhile). Then I have to go do something else and come back to do another one later on. I think I am going to have to plan to do some every day in order to keep on top of them. Just like being back in school!
The fabrics will be remaining in the bins until at least Thursday due to my business course commitments for homework and travelling to Regina on Wednesday. I also have a scarf dyeing activity for a number of folks on Thursday, so they will have to be stacked out of the way for that.