Tweet tweet tweet. Birds have swooped into crystal j.! 10 sweet little aqua birdies hang out on a sunny yellow background with a gray border. You can have yours customized as shown with your twitter name – bonus: if you follow me on Twitter, your customization will be free! Great tied in your hair as a headband, around your fave summer hat or bag. Hang it as art.
100% habotai silk. hand wash cool, hang or dry flat. Size: 8″ x 54″. All pieces begin as white silk and then are painted with dye. Like watercolor on silk!
Tie dye is classic hippy style, but I don’t actually always like it. I think it works best when you’ve got subtle shades of the same colour happening, rather than as many different bright colours you can throw onto a t-shirt at once. Shades of pink from bright to pale to white looks girly and pretty and can be quite fairy-like. Ocean blue greens look lovely together and remind me of summer holidays and mermaids.
When I was pregnant with my first child, we were kindly given lots of hand-me-down baby clothes, including several baby-grows and vests that were once white, but were now stained and looked a bit grubby. Apart from that, they had plenty of life left in them, so we bought a couple of packets of dylon and set to work making various patterns. Not yet knowing the sex of the baby, we went for purples. We got so many compliments on those baby grows – I wish I had set up a hand-dyed baby grow business there and then. Oh well! Never mind, other people thought of it too and you can now buy some fabulously dyed outfits for babies.
A dark colour and black always looks good too; especially purple or red. This often has a pagan or witchy feel about it and is great on long dresses.
You’ve also got to be careful of the pattern. My preference is when the fabric has been scrunched and dyed for an all-over random effect. Lines across the item of clothing usually look good, but be warned of circles – the technique where you put a marble or something into the material and tie up the area around it so that afterwards you’re left with circles spreading from a central point. For some reason on men’s t-shirts, the point is right in the middle, highlighting even a slightly over-weight stomach. On women’s tops, two circles seem to always highlight the nipples – fine if you’ve got the confidence for this eye-catching look, but not so good when one of the tie-dyed circles is a bit wonky!
Parsimony: I grew up with a grandmother, my meemaw, who is an amazing seamstress. Even now at almost 92 years old she’s still sewing strong. It wasn’t until I was well into my 20’s and a new wife that I decided…hmmmm. I want better curtains than I can afford. And the rest is history. I took a class and have never stopped sewing. I love it.
When I was first setting up the Try Handmade Market, long-time advocate of 1000 Markets Diana, of Dye Diana Dye, was one of the first people to jump in and let me know to ask her for any help I might need. It really made 1km start to feel like a friendly community to me.
Can you believe the detail in her shirts? Her shop tagline is incredibly appropriate: “it’s not your typical tiedye” — that’s for sure! Don’t get me wrong, I love regular tiedye, but this is a whole different animal, and the patterns are fascinating.
From Diana herself: I love dyeing things. There’s just something intensely satisfying to me about these Shibori resist techniques – particularly the hand-stitched ones – perhaps it satisfies the part of me that needs to embroider. Except this embroidery all gets pulled out, and leaves behind color magic.
Magic is right.
One of my favorite things about the cold winter weather is having to bundle up before you go outside. Hats, scarves and, mittens are not only necessary, but a great way to show your style, transform an otherwise bland coat, and pull together your outfit. While I don’t know how to knit, I’ve always admired the time and care that knitters put into what they make, objects that offer warmth and comfort.
These three cable mittens by LadyOverboard09 have a classic design and will match with any winter coat. The blue and black specks in the yarn add just a dash of color without taking away from the handiwork or the design. Made of 100 percent Merino wool, these gloves are sure to keep your hands warm on the coldest winter night.
These fushia mittens by Beaded Wire are a perfect way to add a punch of color to your winter coat and are bright enough to combat any gray winter day. Made of Lopi Icelandic wool and featuring a large cable knit down the middle, these gloves make a bold statement.
I love the playful design of these thrummed mittens by Lindfield Farm. Set against a navy blue background, these patterned gloves feature small white hearts all the way around. What better way to spread some love during the cold winter months? Made of 100 percent wool, these gloves are made by inserting unspun fiber through the knitting pattern to make a soft interior that will keep your hands extra warm.
I don’t have any warm clothes with me in Honolulu so my parents always bring some along with them to the airport when they pick me up. As an early birthday or Christmas gift, I may have to pass along a link to one of these gorgeous pairs of gloves and hope that they are waiting for me when I arrive in Chicago!
The lovely blizzard photograph featured at the top of this posted was created by IS Photography.