From Raw to Rich

I have been watching Yuki Sugashima‘s progress in her exploration of natural fiber dying and find her and everything she does totally fascinating. She states in her blog, Barefoot Shepherdess, “My ultimate dream is to work the process from the beginning to the end, starting from raw fibers and finishing with a knitted item– truly, from sheep to shawl!”
I have wanted to do this with many media as well and absolutely love it when people are so passionate about something, they want to envelope themselves in every part of it. She documents her adventures very well and I adore the photos of her garden in Japan and all of the natural plants she uses to produce these incredibly beautiful dyes which lead to stunning skeins of silk and silk/wool yarn and embroidery thread!

dyed from Indigo leaves

And the best part: She actually sells them! I would end up keeping them all for myself because, to say these colors are beautiful, is such an understatement, but she has generous prices considering all the work she puts into them. You’ve gotta’ get your hands on some of these beauties!



February 17, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Art and Neat stuff, Knitting.

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