Monday, April 16, 2012

ETC Bombed

Do not be alarmed. It was not destructive. It is actually quite decorative. We were yarn bombed. Some people call it yarn tagging. Our mailbox got hit as well as the stop sign. But the most decorative of all is the tall ugly pole to the left of the building. Come on by and see it. We do not know how long it will stay up as we are not sure who put it up there.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Color from Weeds

I am so excited to finally get some time out in the garden area. I love the feel of dirt between my fingers. Although I do not like scrubbing out the dirt underneath my nails after hours of digging in the soil. I have spent two years muching an area of my yard to get rid of the clay and make it ready for something nicer than weeds. I have discovered though that some of those plants I do not want, (weeds) will make nice dyes. One of those plants, is the Dandelion. It makes some wonderful yellows and greens. My neighbors who will not cut back their Blackberries gives me tans and browns from the leaves and blueish purples from the berries. Tansy which spreads throughout the fields also will dye some bright yellow and with mordanting can give greens. Comfrey which I stupidly tilled throughout my yard dyes my yarns browns and makes some nice herbal potions. This spring though i am determined to plant some flowers that I will enjoy sniffing, looking at and dyeing with later this summer and fall. So I am pouring over some of the dye books we have here in the store and resource library. If all turns out as I hope I will post photographs throughout the season. I hope some of you will also join me in the pursuit of growing our own dyestuff.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A little bit of new info.

Great news for all of you Surface Design artists out there. We just got in 10 copies of an awesome book on Thermofax printing, titled Thermofax Printing: Bringing personal imagery alive. If you are looking for a way to move past just the basics in thermofax printing this is an excellent resource. It goes into layering in color, and values, how to use line in texture and different types of resists. Recipes are given for making dye paints. This book even has a section on using discharge paste.
Please don't be alarmed though if this is an art that you have wanted to explore but not found a clear and thorough resource on the topic. This book can take you from novice to as far as your ideas can go. And for many of you that is pretty far. The photographs are clear and well labeled. I think this will become the "go to book" on thermofax printing.

We also got some beautiful new yarns in from Habu. The choice of colors in stainless steel/Silk has expanded. We also have some astounding Gima Cotton that is a flat yarn. Also not to be forgotten are the newest items of Pineapple Ramie and Kibiso Silk. Kibiso silk still has the seracin attatched and can be used as warp as well as a weft thread.

As a side note I was reading an article in National Geographic magazine at the doctors office last week and saw an interesting statistic. In the country of New Zealand they have a population of 39.9 million sheep. The population of the country's people is only 4.9 million. That is a 9/1 ratio of sheep to people. Thats a lot of wool.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


Ah the wonder of Indigo! I don't think there is anyone out there in cyberland that is not in love with the color. It is the dye of the ever wonderful jeans that we wear almost daily. I love the dipping a white piece of fabric into the Indigo pot and pulling it out. The green color that oxidizes to the beautiful blue that I love is absolute magic. Now for you that love to learn almost all there is to know about this natural dye there will be a talk courtesy Oregon State University on Indigo. Dr. Roald Hoffmann will speak April 19th at 8pm At the Embassy Suites Hotel. His talk is titled "INDIGO A Story of Craft, Religion, History, Science, and Culture. Dr. Hoffmann is the 1981 Nobel Laureate. This talk is free, and open to the public. It is recommended that you reserve a seat by calling 541-737-2075.
And don't forget that we have a wonderful Indigo Pot here at ETC. Come by and use it on our Indigo Drop in Days. You can check our scedule on the website or call the store to find out the dates.