I like natural dyes, but sometimes undyed clothing is even better. This is a blend of different colors of undyed alpaca wool. It is also the warmest sweater I’ve owned, I’ve been comfortable walking outside without a jacket in sub-freezing temperatures. It far outclasses any wool or cashmere I’ve tried.
Patchwork summer hat.
I’m not ready to make a hat from scratch, so I added patches to a hat I already had. Most is indigo dyed or vintage fabric.
I had signed up for an indigo dyeing workshop at Phipps Conservatory. My main goal was to meet other people in Pittsburgh interested in indigo dye. Sadly, the class didn’t get enough sign ups, so it was cancelled.
I managed to spill an entire bottle of leather dye on the floor. Quite frustrating, and puts a project on hold until I can get a replacement bottle.
My first try adding a patina to boots. I got the boots on eBay, stripped the finish, dyed them, and refinished them.
I don’t think I’ll continue doing this, I didn’t like the stripping process. I’d rather apply what I learned to making new shoes in less uniform colors.