You may have noticed a new button on the top of the right hand side of the blog over the past month. I have been meaning to let you know all about it, but alas, the never ending sicknesses in our home prevented me from doing so.
Now, without further ado, I would like to take the time to give a very warm welcome to a new sponsor Desert Dyeworks
Photo courtesy of Desert Dyeworks
I have had the pleasure of chatting with Kathy, the owner of Desert Dyeworks, over the past couple of months and I have to say her creativity really shines through, even via e-mail. I fell in love with her shop. Not only does she have beautiful children's playsilks for nature tables and play (some of our favorite 'toys' in our home), captivating canopy playsilks, and sweet dress up skirts, but she also has scarves, women's shirts and gorgeous pillow covers. (I am coveting the one below, wouldn't it look great with my folksy flannel throw?)
Photo courtesy of Desert Dyeworks
Here's some more information on Desert DyeWorks in Kathy's own words:
I began dyeing in 2002, after seeing some playsilks that the local Waldorf school was selling at a bi-annual street fair here in Tucson. My daughter was just over a year old and I wanted to make some silks for her. I bought my supplies and jumped right in.
Though the solid color silks were wonderful, I wanted to expand my knowledge of dyeing and the different techniques. In my research, I came across a community of dyers and tie-dyers who were very open in the sharing and exchange of ideas. With this wealth of information at my fingertips my interest in dyeing went into overdrive.
I learned some basic folds as well as some more intricate ones. The fold I was most drawn to was the mandala fold. You can see the result of my first ever mandala fold, it is Desert Dyeworks avatar. Since that moment, I have been experimenting with the fold and different color combinations to give each silk its unique and vibrant qualities.
I stopped dyeing for a few years because my full-time job, besides the mom job, left me little time to be creative. I left the job in the summer of 2009, and began dyeing again. It was refreshing to feel my creativity flow again. I like to think of it as the rebirth of my creative soul.
I love what I do. Though sometimes I feel like a tie-dye geek, obsessed with color and the results of my efforts. My advice to anyone wanting to dabble in dyeing and tie-dyeing; do it, it’s fun and actually pretty easy. My one warning; it’s addictive!
To learn more about Desert Dyeworks please visit:
Kathy has generously offered her beautiful Star Flower Mandala Playsilk seen below to one of you lucky readers.
"Your child can become whatever they imagine using a playsilks. The silk will transform your child into a butterfly, a wizard, a princess, or anything they dream. There is no limit to a child's imagination!
This is a hand dyed play silk. The silk is a large 35" x35" 8mm habatoi(china silk) square. It is dyed using high quality Procion dyes that will last a lifetime."
All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post. If you would like more than one chance to win, post about this giveaway on your own blog and then come back here and leave another comment letting me know you did so. That will earn you two extra chances to win. I will close the comments on Thursday March 4th at 6pm PST and then announce the winner later that evening.
Thank you so much Kathy for this opportunity. Good luck everyone!!
Wishing you all a warm weekend!