New February Update!

I’m liking this update a lot. One of the reasons is that, finally, my shop is starting to look decent again. I was feeling very sorry to even post anything on Facebook, since it was looking rather sparse. I’m hoping to do another in about a week with some awesome hand dyed sock yarn. Another reason that I’m excited about this update is that I have recreated some of the old colorways that have been my all time favorites. I tend to work on new stuff and I easily move onto other things that I’m excited about, forgetting wonderful old colorways. I’m reminded when a customer sends me a request and asks me to recreate them again. It was fun to go back to my sold items on Etsy from the beginning and pick and choose what to dye for this update.

Here is a sample of what I have posted today:

Feel free to check my shop at Beesybee Fibers on Etsy for more fun things to spin or felt with!

Patricia

Stormy Eye

Once in a while I like to challenge myself and see how close I get to matching certain colors that spur my inspiration. Back in November of last year, a friend of mine posted an article on Facebook about the Strongest Storm in the World to Approach Alaska, reported by Accuweather. I got immediately fixated by the graphics and how the colors form a vortex with swirls that change from chartreuse to lilac, to a pale pink. A blend of Bamboo and Merino would be perfect to match the white swirls, since the Bamboo does not take the dyes that work on protein fibers.

And the matching results:

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 That was pretty fun.

Patricia

Cochineal – Grana de Cochinilla – Carmin

Red has been a valued colour in so many cultures. It carries importance since it has been used to symbolize power and gave status only to those that could afford to wear it. Since ancient times it has always been some sort of a quest to find a natural source that yields such colour. Ochers, Iron Oxides and Cinnabar were some of the pigments used to get reds, but technically they are not considered dyes since they don’t chemically bond to the textile. Generally speaking, dyes comes from an organic source, like plants and insects and only a handful of them yield a deep red colour. Madder, Shellfish Purple, Lac and Kermes are some of the examples of those natural dyes used and traded throughout ancient history. In Mexico a scale insect called nocheztli (tuna’s blood) that fed from a cactus, was cultivated in order to get a red dye. Eventually the name was changed to Cochinilla and entire families and countries built businesses and fortunes around it. Their sources and recipes were seriously considered trade secrets and those who gave away valuable information were severely punished with the risk of losing their lives if those secrets were revealed.

“The finest and best dye drug in the world.” – Amy Butler

Collecting Cochineal

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Cochineal Teabags

Cochineal Teabags

Undyed Wool Scarves

 

Wool Scarves

Wool Scarves

Great books to read:

Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay

A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire by Amy Butler Greenfield

 

Patricia

Art on the Water – Third Annual

Art on the Water – Third Annual

Hi there!

I’ve been getting ready for my last fair of the year. I can’t believe this is our third year!

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It’s just getting better and better. We have a great group of artists coming to share and sell their crafts. This year Sha Sha Higby will be join us with her interesting art work. If you haven’t see her work before, please check her website. It’s pretty interesting. Here is a “small sample” of what she is about:

The fair will be held the same day as the Bolinas Craft Fair, so, if you live near by you can visit both fairs the same day and meet interesting people. There is also a great exhibition at the Bolinas Gallery going on. Plenty to see here in Bolinas. Oh, yes… Very important. We will have delicious Mexican food that my friend Jose will be cooking and offering for sale for those that are hungry.

See you soon!

Patricia

Domestic Targhee

Yes, Domestic Targhee. New fiber in my Etsy shop. Here is a little information about it: The Targhee breed was developed at the Experimental Sheep Station in Dubois, Idaho in the mid 1900’s. The foundation stock were ewes of Rambouillet, Corriedale, and Lincoln bloodlines bred back to Rambouillet rams. Developed, sourced and processed here in the USA!! The first impression is that I found it very similar to the Rambouillet top that I carry in my shop. Very soft and springy. I’m so looking forward to dyeing some…

Targhee Top

Targhee Top

Targhee Top