In this episode I talk to Amy DuFault. She is the organizer of the Southeastern New England Fibershed as well as the Director of Sustainability for Botanical Colors. We had a fascinating conversation about all kinds of things. It started out as a talk about how to naturally dye while traveling. We also veered into all kinds of other topics. We had a great time. I hope you enjoy it too. You can listen to it wherever you listen to podcasts and even as a video podcast on Spotify. Find it here.
The new season of the Flying Goat Podcast is all about Natural Dyeing. Each episode highlights one dye material and one of our great farm yarns. Here’s what you’ve missed so far:
Episode 1: Natural Dyeing 101 Episode 2: Foraging, Cultivating or Free Trade Episode 3: Raw materials, extracts and liquid dyes Episode 4: Kitchen and Food Waste Dyes and Episode 5: Planting a Dye Garden just dropped today.
I’ve taught about Cochineal, Madder, Osage, Black Walnut, and Avocado skins and pits.
We’ve looked at our Livily yarn, Fingal II, Yearling Mohair, Polypay Wild and Livily Bounce
You don’t like to just listen? I get that…. I’m a visual person as well. I lose focus on just recorded podcasts or audiobooks. You can also watch the podcast on our You Tube channel.
I hope you tune in and find out about this low impact way to color our textiles. Colors that are climate beneficial and yarns that have a really low carbon footprint.
This season is all about Natural Dyes. How to grow them, How to forage for them, How to use them and How to take care of your naturally dyed fabrics. Each episode also includes a Dye highlight and a farm yarn highlight. You can subscribe on iTunes or Spotify. And listen on whatever podcast that you enjoy! Three episodes have already dropped. You can find them here!
Come to the farm and learn how to prepare your cotton napkins in the Japanese Shibori way. You will dip and dye in the indigo pot for truly unique cloth napkins for your own table or for your very best friend. You will leave with a set of 4 indigo dyed napkins that you made yourself. You will go from a blank canvas to beautiful napkins for your table or for a gift.
This class starts at 1:30pm and ends 3:30-4pm
Want to book an indigo party? Just gather 2-4 friends and we’ll pick a date that works for you. You can make it a birthday party, a retirement party or just a great day at the farm with your friends.
There is a 2 student minimum for this class. If the 2 person minimum is not met, you will receive a refund through Paypal. Cancellations with refund will be accepted to 14 days prior to the class and are non-refundable after that date.
Lisa has been dyeing for over 30 years. She started her dye explorations by dyeing warps for ikat weavings. She taught these techniques all over Los Angeles. After moving to Maryland and buying the farm, she has concentrated on dyeing yarn and spinning fiber for sale. Her expertise in dyeing shows in her colorways and expertise in all systems of dyeing.
In this podcast, Lisa talks about the clothing challenges sponsored around the nation and the world by Fibershed affiliates. There are small challenges that focus on just one type of garment, such as gloves or a pair of socks. There are others that expect a 3 piece outfit made by one person or a team.
Chesapeake Fibershed decided to make their challenge as inclusive as possible. So we broadened the concept to include home textiles such as quilts and rugs and pillows. And you can participate whether you make a huge project, an outfit or even a hat. We also have 3 “streams” of participation depending on what your raw materials are.
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In this episode of the Flying Goat Farm podcast, I talk about the benefits and pitfalls of natural dyes. I also help you with questions about how to use these yarns effectively in a pattern. And once you’ve invested in naturally dyed yarn, fabric or clothing, how should you take care of them so they are part of your wardrobe for the longest time.
A new episode dropped today. It’s my Fibershed Conversation with Marian Bruno. We talk about our creative journeys and we talk about how to move from fast fashion to slow, local fashion in a mindful way. We talk a lot about some influential books as well. You can find the podcast here. Or subscribe on iTunes, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. Would you rather watch us? You can find that here on YouTube. You can find the book list here.
In my continuing series about Fibershed, I talk with Roan Farnum about their creative journey and how Fibershed plays a role in those creative endeavors. It was fun to talk about how they are taking a raw fleece and developing it into a sweater.
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Ellen is a vibrant member of the Chesapeake Fibershed so I thought it would be fun to talk about the Fibershed movement. We also get into the difficulties there are with getting local yarn and fabrics, simply because our infrastructure is gone. There are some new ideas out on the horizon, so there is lots to be hopeful about. We also talk about the status of our local wardrobes and what we are working on right now. You can listen to the podcast here or anywhere you listen to podcasts. If you would prefer to watch, you can find it here on my You Tube.
I’m answering the questions I had for my guests in upcoming episodes. I’ve been making since I was a kid. I was taught to embroider and sew clothing early on. It was a valued skill in my family. As a young adult I picked up needlepoint and even started to paint my own canvases. I was mesmerized by the wall of color in the needlepoint store. I learned to weave and dye and spin on my journey as well. And when I needed to have a smaller footprint in creative endeavors I went back to sewing and began to quilt. This has led me to wanting to creative more slow fashion for myself. But the reality of fast fashion and its environmental problems has made my goal of a local slow wardrobe more tangible and has become a passion project.
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