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Author: Maija Zemitis

World of Threads exhibition

Recently, I attended the World of Threads exhibition in Oakville, Ontario. This is a fibre arts exhibition showcasing the works of 115 artists from 16 countries. There are an astounding 426 pieces on display. My friend and I visited one

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Room screens with Airbrush designs

Room screens with airbrush designs on canvas are a form of decorative art. Together with my husband, we made several of these room screens. The first screens were made in 2002. My husband built the pine or mahogany frames and

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Indigo and Shibori Tunic

Prior to Covid, I took a trip to India. This post is about my Indigo and Shibori Tunic. It was sewn for me in India (on a different trip) using a much loved tunic, as a pattern. The tailor in

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Cochineal bugs in natural dyeing

Cochineal bugs in natural dyeing have been used for centuries, in countries such as Mexico, Peru, Chile, Argentina and the Canary Islands. Currently, the largest producer of Cochineal for natural dyeing is Peru. Cochineal coloring agent is obtained from the parasitic

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Mexican wall murals

In Mexico, wall murals are everywhere! During the past couple of years, I have had the good fortune to get my travelling bags dusted off and put back to use! Even though I live a relatively short flight (about 4.5

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Functional Fine Crafts

Functional fine crafts are all about technique and quality. They can also be viewed as art objects. Often these works are intended for regular use. The term applied art is used as these objects are created for a useful purpose

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Beautiful! But will the colour last?

The two most commonly asked questions asked by interested individuals about my naturally dyed and eco printed fabrics are: “will the colour fade and/or wash out?” and “how do I care for the item”? In natural dye terminology this is

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Repurposing vintage, naturally dyed napkins

What can be done with these beautiful naturally dyed fabrics, if one does not use napkins at the dinner table? The answer is- plenty of things! I have made various items from these fabrics. They include scarves, tote bags, a

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Eco printing or Botanical printing

Eco printing or Botanical printing has been the focus of my natural dye path in the past few months. Both terms are interchangeable. What is the Eco printing or Botanical printing process? Basically, this process allows for leaves and blossoms

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Natural dye pigments for fabrics

Currently, I’m making some natural dye pigments for fabrics, from my exhausted dye baths. It’s been on my mind for awhile, to use natural dyes with the airbrush. Safflower, Sappanwood and Madder pigments The recipe I have used, to make

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