Thanksgiving Table Setting Dye Party!

A while ago, we thought it would be fun to get a some of really great women together to create table settings, eat some delish food, and enjoy each other's company. So, last Friday morning, I loaded up the Vanagon with my extra dyepots and tons of miscellaneous supplies, and headed from Baltimore to Cleveland. Jess and I spent Friday afternoon enjoying being in the same city, scouring and mordanting the rest of the napkins, and hunting for loose onion skins in various produce aisles. We hit the jackpot at a college-staffed, crappy grocery store near Case Western University where I damn near got my entire arm stuck in a false-bottomed onion barrel. Nobody else in the produce aisle seemed to remotely care. We made a note of the bounty and headed back to Jess's house to finish soaking everything: red onion skins, yellow onion skins, madder root, avocado pits, Japanese maple leaves, sandalwood and logwood. 

Saturday's weather was supposed to be awful, but, when we woke up,  it was sunny, not windy, and it was sweater-only, perfect temperature. While Cleveland has marvelous autumns, November usually requires some bundlin' up; it can dip in into freezing windchills--not ideal for dyeing or drying textiles outside (as we learned from our workshop with Rebecca from @dailysomething in March when everyone's tea towels froze on the line!). With the weather as the perfect setting, we were ready to work on other settings... TABLE settings... ahem. :)

Julia arrived early to set up this delicious spread:

Julia's Food: Pear tart, lentil tapenade, an assortment of truffles (not pictured), and delicious ginger-sweet potato soup (not pictured). Table runners dyed with indigo and acorns.

Julia's Food: Pear tart, lentil tapenade, an assortment of truffles (not pictured), and delicious ginger-sweet potato soup (not pictured). Table runners dyed with indigo and acorns.

Once everyone arrived, we explained the process and set them up on some shibori folding and stitching to create resist patterns for their table settings. 

Once everything was folded and thoroughly soaked, it was off to the dyepots!

Everyone had great results and got to play around with different color combinations, mordants, and resist patterns. A successful day for some beautiful women! Thanks for being in our lives, ladies! We'll dye with ya'll any day.