Mid-July Maia and I flew up to Seattle to spend a week at the Earthues wholesaler conference. Basically we spent the week dyeing, eating, sleeping, and taking the bus. It was great. Tiring but great. We dyed using every extract that Earthues offers on a wool/mohair and a silk yarn, mordented in either just alum, alum and cream of tarter, or adding a small amount of logwood grey to the dye bath (which has the effect of 'saddening' the color because it has a little iron in it). We also dyed some 'trend' colors which were blends of dyes to get a color that Michelle, the owner of Earthues, had determined are up and coming colors.
Besides dyeing, Michelle showed us images from her work with Aid to Artisans. Her images were just beautiful and very touching. As Aid to Artisans says on there website, "Aid to Artisans (ATA), an international nonprofit organization, is a recognized leader of economic development for the craft industry. By linking artisans to new markets and buyers to culturally meaningful and innovative products, ATA provides needed economic opportunities to artisans while preserving the beauty of global handmade crafts." Michelle travels to countries
like Laos and Cambodia and helps artisans create items for the international market that allows them to continue to practice their traditional crafts. It was very inspiring since this is one of the way that natural dyes ties us to people half way around the world.
It was fun to spend a little more time in Seattle even though we had very little free time. Earthues is located in the Ballard neighborhood and boy, did we eat well. There was a sandwich shop, called Other Coast Cafe, just a block or two down that made the biggest, yummiest sandwiches. I'm drooling just thinking about the hot grilled veggie sandwich.
We also rode the bus the whole time we were there. It only cost us $1.50 each to get from Sea-Tac airport to downtown Seattle. That was great for the budget. Unfortunately it wasn't really on time but for $1.50 we didn't mind.
It was a great week. We got a lot done that had we done it by ourselves it would have taken for ever. The dyed samples that we came away with are invaluable. You can see that they really run the gamut from neutrals to brights. Can you believe that lime green isn't from a acid dye?