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.
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.
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.
Hello everyone! It’s a spring Monday morning here in Nashville, a little bit chilly, but not too bad. After doing a few trade shows recently, I wanted to make sure to take a minute to tell everyone about something somewhat unique to natural dyes. It’s called CROCKING.