Tag: dyeing

On teaching, takeovers, and let-downs

I’ve had a over a week to get my head around what I keep thinking of as The Craftsy Kerfuffle but which is really That Bluprint Situation and you know, I still don’t have my thoughts in any sort of order, but that’s okay. LET’S JUST TALK ABOUT THIS THING. The basics are that when NBC bought Craftsy in 2017…

onion skins and playlists

    We’ve had a really wonderful summer so far this year; plenty of rain, with lots of bright, clear days and the cool, crisp New England evenings I remember from my childhood. Good for evening bonfires, great running and hiking weather. I’ve been taking long country drives, collecting plants for dye work and soaking it all in. “I’d love…

in which promises are fulfilled

WHO WANTS TO DYE WITH ME? FRIENDS, the rainbow explosion has happened again. You can find my second Craftsy class, Next Steps in Yarn Dyeing, right here*, and that link actually gives you 25% off because you’re a blog reader and that is special to me. (*Mandatory legal language cut and paste: Get 25% off the full retail price of select…

in which I mostly show, don’t tell

You remember I was talking about that class, right? That class I just don’t really stop talking about? It’s still coming. Probably sooner than you’re expecting. I am so excited to share this with all of you. This time around, we worked in an actual kitchen studio which really helped- I maybe, possibly, potentially, DEFINITELY tried to fit way too much…

in which I am anxiety making

The house is a clean but cluttered wreck lately; there are arts and crafts supplies literally everywhere. Studio in town be damned, I need the ability to work immediately and constantly, and it is eating up our lives and living spaces. I’m not kidding when I tell you that the Craftsy filming can’t come soon enough, although also, I could…

it’s not heavy metal, it’s punk rock

All right, enough about family dysfunction and on to something far more punk rock: I visited Still River Fiber Mill this afternoon to talk fiber processing rates/turnover times, to pick up some dyes for the upcoming Craftsy class, and for general tomfoolery purposes. I’ve been a fan of their heavy-metal-free Greener Shades dyes since they were introduced- they’re free of…

on soap and looting

The front door has been inundated with packages for the last few days- orders for the upcoming class, mostly, although some soap supplies, too. I’d sent out sample bars to some folks who bravely volunteered to test for me, and I’ve been going over their notes and making minor adaptations. Thanks so much to everyone who offered to test out…

in which there is a small announcement and a little music

The last few days have been a bit hectic; things have been falling into place in the best sort of way, comfortable and tidy, but there’s been a lot of adjusting to do and that’s all a little exhausting. I don’t expect things to let up- in fact, I expect them to get tighter, busier as the next few months progress-…

in which we have some explaining and intentions

It’s exciting, this step. A little intimidating, which is funny- I mean, I’ve taken on far larger responsibilities, clearly. But by accepting those keys, I’m committing to going in to a studio and making things on the regular again, and that’s a big deal- not just as a hobby, but at least on a self-sustaining basis.

in which we make small friends, small plans

The original idea was that I’d be posting my Lists of Very Good Things on Fridays, but that doesn’t seem ideal. I’d thought they’d serve as a good way to sum up the positive in the week, but really, it’s sort of poorly placed. I’m always trying to wrap quickly at the end of my Fridays so that Sam and I…