Hand-dyes. I hand-dye the following using Procion MX dyes. After dyeing, each item is washed twice in cold water and twice in hot water with a commercial laundry detergent, to minimize the risk of bleeding. For all items, cold water wash is recommended.
- bamboo socks in happy combinations of color for women, men, and infants
- silk scarves using itajime shibori (block resist) methods and multiple layers of color
- solid-ish colors on cotton (mainly fat quarters)
- shibori on cotton (varying sizes from fat quarters to full yards)
Eco-Print Scarves. I also eco-print silk scarves, using leaves and flowers, mainly from my yard. The scarves are first mordanted with alum acetate and small amounts of iron and copper to assist with color permanence. Each scarf is then laid out with leaves known to have good transfer qualities, wrapped tightly around a dowel, bound with string, and steamed for 60-90 minutes. After unwrapping and drying, each scarf is ironed and left for 3-4 weeks to cure, after which it is washed and ironed once more. Each scarf is unique, with the amount of color and clarity of the print and color depending on the year, the season, the water, and the plant.
Necklaces. I love making necklaces with Kazuri fair-trade beads from Kenya, and with sea-glass from local beaches.
Saturday, November 2, 2019 Crossroads Quilters Artisan Fair 9 am – 3 pm. Church of the Nazarene, 552 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA 01915. A selection of scarves and socks will be available.
Saturday, November 9, 2019 Holiday Craft Market 10 am – 3 pm. Centerville School, 17 Hull Street, Beverly, MA 01915. Betsy Habich Quilts will be vending with a wide selection of scarves, socks, and necklaces.
Saturday, November 23, 2019 Holiday Fair at First Baptist Church, 221 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA 9:00 am – 2:30 pm. Betsy Habich Quilts will be vending with a wide selection of scarves, socks, and necklaces.