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Learning New Crafts

July 11th, 2017

I’ve been wanting to learn how to dye with indigo for quite awhile. In fact, I was signed up for a class last summer, but it was cancelled at the last minute. When I saw that Halcyon Yarn had a class this summer I signed up. The class was taught by Jackie from Forage Color, it turns out she lives not far from me. Here are a few of the items I made during class:

Our class included four cotton napkins and one silk scarf, we were also able to take a few items of our to dip into the vat. I took an old white skirt that had a stain, a white tank top, and a white swiss dot sheet that I got at the thrift store.

The skirt turned out beautiful, I’m excited to once again be able to wear it as it’s one of my favorites (you can see my post about how much I love this skirt here).

I’ve been buying white sheets at the local thrift store for a few years now, my plan was originally to make white curtains for the back porch. Now I’m thinking indigo curtains might be a fun project. I won’t have time to do it until fall, gardening takes up way too much of my summer time. It’s always fun to learn something new, especially a new creative endeavor.

What new creative things are you pursuing at the moment? Or what have you always wanted to learn how to do when you get a little more time in your schedule?

2 Comments to “Learning New Crafts”
  1. Ilene on July 11, 2017 at 7:14 am

    Well, now, that IS a cute skirt. Will the sunlight fade the color out of curtains? Lots of things could be made out of that big a piece of material. And yes, I buy used sheets too, but at garage sales. I use them in all sorts of ways. As quilt backing they are SUPER. The ones that are not in the best shape, I use to cover things in the spring when there is a frost coming, and in the heat of summer, to shade seed beds for fall plantings.

    We don’t get old as long as we have inquiring minds, you’re not nearly as old as I am but already you have set the pattern of keeping a sharp mind and constantly learning new things. I’m fully convinced that’s the cure for Alzheimers. If you don’t use it, you lose it!

    Love your posts. –Ilene in Oklahoma

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  2. Nebraska Dave on July 11, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Susy, you are very diverse in your interests. Creativeness just seems to be a way of life for you. My creative projects are mostly garden construction projects. I’m still working on setting up an automatic watering system that is gravity fed for Terra Nova Gardens. So I have been able to water the tomatoes and green peppers this year but will be expanding it next year.

    Have a great creative learning new crafts day.

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