Rug Weaving with Pendleton Selvages

selvages

We recently picked up pounds and pounds of selvages in an exciting aray of colors from Pendleton! 

detail of a rag rug woven by a mystery customer

We warped up our Fireside Loom so you can come in and weave selvage rugs of your very own for only $1/inch!!

Our friend Bonnie came in for a rug weaving marathon!

Also, loose selvages are ON SALE this Tuesday the 25th for $2.50/lb. 

Come on by and check it out!

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The Harvest

We’ve been patiently watching the elderberries ripen in our side garden…
wanting to strike at the perfect moment before pesky foraging poachers beat us to the punch
(like they did last year…)

just yesterday a man came in and asked if he could have them…
we politely told him “no” and grabbed our giant wooden ladder to harvest our bounty!

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Janis, so perfectly complimented by the surrounding dusty blue berries

We harvested 6 big ole buckets of berries!
Some to be taken home and canned, but the majority are to be used as a natural dye for us to play with in the ETC Dye Studio!

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Elderberry makes a lovely blueish lavender, and I suspect the berries will be quite dramatic for ecodying…

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Do you have any dye stuff in your yard that you’ve been collecting?
Come book a half day in our dye studio and do some experimenting with us!
(half day: $15, full day: $25)

Eco Dye

Eugene Textile Center’s color maeven, Janis Thompson taught an eco dye workshop, in the style of India Flint.
We foraged dyestuff from our yards and fields and travels and made masterpieces!

First we organized our raw materials onto a wet silk scarf…

raw materials on a silk scarf

some of the materials on this scarf are marigold petals, blackberries and blackberry leaves, cranesbill, twinberry

we dyestuff on one half of the scarf, so we could fold the other half over to create a seal.
after the fold, we tightly rolled our scarves onto a length of PVC pipe

and tightly bound the bundle with string

the bundle then gets boiled in mordanted water
and laid out in the garden to dry
after a few days of letting the dyestuff sink in, it’s time to bring the bundle back, and unroll its glory…
then, we washed off our dyestuff, let our scarves dry and set the dye with a little heat.
check out the exciting results!

can you see the edges of the leaf print?
pretty clear leaf print

Janis’s next eco dye class will be in early November!!
Check out the details HERE

Also, just something to think about…
India Flint is coming to the Eugene Textile Center next spring to teach two workshops…stop by the shop to find out more (and get yourself on the list!)