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Kids natural dyeing and textile arts class at Red Tail Learning in New London, CT. Today’s class harvested its own jewelweed (Touch Me Not) and golden rod for dyeing. Other dyestuffs included black beans, tumeric, black walnuts and carrot tops. We sampled all of these fabrics on wool, silk and cotton. Thanks to everyone for a great last day of our summer class!

Experiment weaving rag rug-style with old shoelaces. Using a single shoelace per shot seems to work out best, but then I have to deal with the ends…

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. Between moving back east and not having internet for a while, I’ve dropped off, but I’ve still been making. More to come.

More waulking - a song in Gaelic.

A waulking, or traditional method of fulling woolen fabric with movement in time to traditional Scottish folk songs. This was at Marshfield School of Weaving this past summer.

Variations on Finnish Diamond in cotton

Jacquard loom at work

Trip to Family Heirloom Weavers in Red Lion, PA.

Studio and work of Barbara Zaretsky of BZDesign in Asheville, North Carolina. Barbara block prints with natural dyes on handwoven silk. She is also director of the the adjacent studio/workshop, Cloth Fiber Workshop, which offers classes in fibers.

A tour of Alabama Chanin in Florence, Alabama

Traveling east now - we were in New Orleans and visited the shop of Ronda Rose of the Louisiana Loom Works at 616 Chartres Street. Ronda designs and weaves custom rag rugs for her clients. The maximum available width is ten feet and all of her rugs are machine washable. Beautiful shop amazingly situated in the middle of the French Quarter.

A weaver-friend came into visit Ronda while we were there - turns out Dan had played music with her before - Weaver-fiddler Daron from the By & By String Band!

Wool warp, alpaca weft

New hats for the fellas. From left to right: John, Sean, and Dan.

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