Quilting a Boro-Inspired Jacket

A Craigslist free post for fabric scraps galvanized this quilted, boro-inspired cropped jacket. I drove three blocks from my house and loaded two bins of scraps and piles of burlap coffee bags into my car. At home, I washed and sorted the fabrics, realizing I had plenty of blue pieces to start this jacket. IContinue reading “Quilting a Boro-Inspired Jacket”

Dyeing with Plants

I first tried natural dyeing with avocados since this dye requires very few materials and very little time to produce a lightfast, wash fast vibrant color. The pale, dusty pink came out beautifully and quickly led me towards other dye materials. Edible and Useful Plants of the Southwest Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona by DelenaContinue reading “Dyeing with Plants”

Hand-sewn Wool Slippers

It was difficult to source the 5mm wool pieces needed for this project, but I was thrilled with the purchase I finally made from Fitz Felt. They sell 100% German-milled wool in large “scrap” rolls for a reasonable price. The company is woman-owned and has a shipping facility in NY, so these bolts arrived quickly.Continue reading “Hand-sewn Wool Slippers”

Making Mugwort Tulsi Salve

We harvested fresh Mugwort and let is sit in avocado oil for a full moon cycle or about a month. The tulsi blend was added to some olive and coconut oil and let it slowly heat without boiling for at least an hour. These two oils were strained and melted together with beeswax so itContinue reading “Making Mugwort Tulsi Salve”

Bundle-Dyeing with Foraged Plants

Notes on Natural Dyeing Our skin is our largest organ, directly absorbing anything it comes in contact with. By clothing ourselves in natural fabrics dyed with medicinal herbs, flowers, and spices, we can reap the wellness benefits of these plants. This process of imbuing fabrics with plant medicine started within the ancient Indian system ofContinue reading “Bundle-Dyeing with Foraged Plants”

Making Natural Inks and Dyes

In July, I checked out several plant and dye books from Austin Public Library. The two below had several recipes I tried out – I enjoyed making my own vine charcoal with a recipe from Logan’s book and followed Burgess’ recipe for making dye with Poke or Pokeberry. Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants andContinue reading “Making Natural Inks and Dyes”