Author: Maija Zemitis

Natural dye processes

My natural dye processes learning curve began in 2016, after my first visit to Gujarat India. I had already been working on fabric using stencils and airbrush. At the time, I was using acrylic airbrush paint. https://maijazemitis.com/silk-scarves-and-the-bhuj-inspiration/ Since this is

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Shadows and Lighting

Lighting is incredibly important for photographing all types of artwork. In the case of my pleated fabrics, lighting is of utmost concern, as the shadows created by the pleats are an integral part of the final piece! They give the

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Turkey Red Oil method using Madder powdered dye

Cotton samples were dyed with Turkey Red Oil method using Madder powdered dye from Maiwa, in Vancouver. This is a long drawn out process that produces incredible pure Reds! The samples were over dyed with various mordants including iron and

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Sappanwood with shibori stitching

Dyed in Sappanwood with shibori stitching, this linen table runner was part of a whole bag of Estate linens, that my friend picked up for me. Sappanwood is a natural dye which comes from the heartwood of trees native to

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Cutch and Himalayan Rhubarb natural dyes

These four vintage, linen table napkins have a damask pattern and drawn stitch pattern around the edge. Firstly, they were dyed with Cutch and Himalayan Rhubarb natural dyes, and then eco printed. Cutch and Himalayan rhubarb natural dyes are amongst

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World of Threads exhibition

Recently, I attended the World of Threads exhibition in Oakville, Ontario. This was a fibre arts exhibition showcasing the works of 115 artists from 16 countries. There were 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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Beautiful! But will the colour last?

Wash fastness and lightfastness of natural dyes- the two most commonly asked questions asked by interested individuals about my naturally dyed and eco printed fabrics is will the colour last. The main considerations which directly affect the longevity of natural

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