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India Flint Workshop – Eco Dyeing


I just got back from a trip to California where I took a 3-day workshop with India Flint.


Magic, alchemy, fun and LOTS of information! I LOVED the workshop! I haven’t done a lot of dyeing before (though I also learned Bengala Dyeing this past summer) or stitching – so this was a whole new adventure.

We went exploring the streets and railway tracks of Loomis and found many treasures.


We rolled them up in cloth, put them into a dye pot…


added water and other materials, boiled it up and waited…



Then…..the magic! Opening the bundles to see what happened…


After 3 dyepots we had 9 squares of fabric that we stitched together…


Then cut!! Then stitched onto a backing and stitched some more….

I find myself now looking at leaves in a new way – their shapes, their colours and wondering what they may become in a dyepot.

I learned so much from India, including a different way at looking at things and thinking about things. Thank you!!



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Fibreshed explorations

Inspired by India Flint and her wonderful book Eco Colour, by the various Fibresheds happening (also here), things I’ve been reading, thinking and dreaming about – I have started a series of Fibreshed explorations.

100 Mile radius around Salt Spring Island…
Salt Spring Fibreshed

I am weaving with local wool – unspun (locks & roving), handspun and mill spun (Gulf Islands Spinning Mill).

I have been collecting some local plant material including cedar and arbutus and am now soaking it and will see what happens. I have the cedar in an aluminum pan…


and the arbutus bark in stainless steel…

Arbutus bark

So far, I have just done one small section of weaving and will try it in one of the dye baths and report back! I have so many ideas…

Saori weaving

Saori weaving

Happy Weaving,

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Note: There is a 100 Mile Fleece & Fibre Fair coming up in May on Vancouver Island featuring Fleece and Fibre from the Vancouver Islands including sheep, alpaca, llama, angora goats, angora rabbits and more!
Admission: Free
Date: Sunday May 27, 2012
Time: 09:30 am to 3:00 pm
Location: The Bradley Centre, 975 Shearme Road
just off the Port Alberni Hwy, 1 mile east of Coombs