I’m updating again because it’s been a while!
Today is August 21, 2018. I opened a little shop in Shelburne Falls, MA in 2016. So Yes I still dye every day!! sometimes every night too! When I first began this blog I never dreamed that one day I would have a little shop where I sell everything I make, but that’s exactly what happened. I taught myself to dye cloth right here in front of all of you my dear readers. You encouraged me with your interest and your comments and your very own blogs too. I wouldn’t be here working as I do without you dear reader. Thank you all for letting me be a little part of this big world of creativity! Now I’m going to go put on my apron -There’s work to be done! xoxo, Marjorie
This is what I wrote when I fist began this blog in May of 2007 or was it 2008?
I’m dyeing every day. Or doing something I love with cloth. Printing, stamping, painting, sewing. I’m having a blast and I don’t know where it’s going.
Well its been a couple of months and I am still happiest when I’m dyeing! I’ve got an Etsy store now and I’m beginning to sell some stuff! I love dyeing!
Update June 23, 2013:
Well here I am three years later living a life beyond my wildest dreams! Moved from the city to the country and loving it!!!! We bought a huge old farmhouse on the Deerfield River in Shelburne Falls. The house was used as a rest home for 35 years and it is about 4500 square feet of wall to wall linoleum! Hoping you will keep in touch as we restore our home and our lives! I’m still dyeing almost every day! xoxo, Marjie
Update June 10, 2015 Just wanna say this about that –
I love cloth. I love folding and squishing it up and then throwing it into a pot of dye. My work is mostly intuitive and spontaneous. I will just mix up some dyes, add fabric and see what happens. I use low water immersion dyeing techniques and I don’t worry too much about making a mess. I love the markings that happen when the cloth is tied and bound. If I need inspiration, I walk around a hardware store. I love clamps and waxed string, ropes, PVC pipe and blocks of wood. I love to wrap silk around a block of wood and tie it up with string. Dyed and unwrapped and then dyed again, my pieces let me know when they’re done. Sometimes they are wrong and I have to intervene. My scarves are personal pieces that I create for other people. They are one of a kind and they always seem to find their way to the person they were meant for. My fabrics end up the colors of the day -the sunrise, the river, the sky, the trees, the peonies and the ripe tomato in my kitchen. I start cutting and sewing and sometimes the work is effortless and sometimes the effort doesn’t seem to match the result. Then I put it out of sight for a day or two or even a month or a year and then I come across it again and work on it some more and it’s wonderful, just exactly what it is supposed to be.
Have a lovely creative day! xo, Marjie