All in Natural Dyes

My Handmade Korea - 2019

A lot of new changes have been happening over here at Nutmeg Fibers HQ recently. July saw me travel to Korea and back for my 2nd Handmade Korea event. This time, as a solo traveller.

The beginning of August brought my youngest child entering highschool, marking the first time in 6 years that I have no children at home homeschooling, and making me the mother of both a highschool freshman and a sophomore. How?! Why?! What?! Huh?! Time flies….

A History Of Natural Dyes - Episode 1 - Korean Natural Dyes

In a new series on my blog every other month, I’ll be delving into a bit of nerdy, fiber art history. Specifically, in-depth looks into the history of dyeing around the world. I’ve decided to focus on specific cultures for each of these, so that I can go a bit deeper into that area’s dye story. Looking closely at the way art techniques developed opens a window into that culture’s entire history. New textile making processes might be added after the introduction of a new maker’s tool following a historic event, new dyestuffs are used after new trade routes open and flourish, and items are exchanged between countries, and periods of unrest result in new and unique ways to produce fibers and colors, meant for specific political, social or religious purposes. Color is literally woven into our past, and these are the stories of our ancestors, working to make those colors come to life. 

If you’d prefer to listen to this short history of color, visit our Wooland page for the audio version!

Welcome 2019!!

I can hardly believe that it’s been 5 years since I started dyeing yarn in my kitchen for Nutmeg Fibers!!! And also, that I’ve been in business as Nutmeg for 7 years! This post is over a week after “New Years” but it takes me a little time to get around to my blogging schedule after the holiday season is over. Oh well! That’s how life works.

Slow Color

I’ve been figuring out the best way to approach talking about this idea of “Slow Color” that I’m in love with. I’ve created an entire business, albeit a very small one, around this idea of slow color, and the value of it. I look outside and see the colors of fall in the leaves and in the trees, and I realize that those are reflected in all the colors that are produced using natural dyes.