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E.N.D Of The World - Over Dyeing With Turmeric

Welcome to the second E.N.D. of the world post! Much like the name implies, today I am over dyeing a fabric with turmeric and lye that I had previously dyed with morigold petals and maple leaves! This time before dyeing the fabric I made a trip to Maiwa in Granville Isaland to restock the ingredients I needed. After picking up a bunch of different minerals and acids I am ready and will not have to improvise on the mordant this time around! So after dyeing the fabric with the marigolds and leaves, I didn't mind the colour but it was a bit too beige for the shorts I want to make soooo I'm changing it! One of my favourite parts of...

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Zero Waste - Boro Bag

I am making tote bags made out of all my fabric scraps and I am very excited about it! A lot of work goes into making these but the final product is so worth it. The fabric I am creating from my scraps is based on the Japanese class of textiles called Boro. Boro refers to textiles that have been mended or patched together. In order to create the fabric for the totes I am using a sped up version of stitching entirely by hand. This process will allow me to use the power of my serger and sewing machine with the care of hand stitching. This means I am able to finish the fabric faster so I can make the...

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E.N.D Of The World - Into Indigo!

 Welcome to the E.N.D. of the world with hijulez! E.N.D. of the world stands for exploring natural dyes and it is a new endeavor that I am so excited to share with you! Sometimes when you see news headlines from around the world it makes you feel like the world really is ending and that feeling is where my inspiration for this came from. I will be exploring different natural dyes and natural dyeing techniques from around the world and sharing the process with you! Indigo was the first natural dye I started experimenting with when I returned from school in January. I think I must have done at least 30 vats of indigo by now! It is quite a fun...

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Exploring Natural Dyes- Sunshine Petals

Loves!! My mom is away for the week so I am taking advantage of this time to boil lots of random things on the stove. For the love of nature and textiles amirite??? I am looking to make a tangerine colour today. A bright and happy orange that is a pastel yet still vibrant. I have never worked with natural dyes to create yellows or orange before and I am very excited to see how it turns out! Fig and I went scavenging for yellow and orange flowers all afternoon to turn my vision into a reality. I filled a 'stella' tote bag (for lack of a better measuring tool) full of marigolds and dandelions. The sunflowers were bought by...

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Zero Waste - Fabric Tetris

This is my favourite version of adult Tetris, (a few other types include moving furniture in small spaces and parking a vehicle in that parking lot by the 711 on 10th and alma.) Fabric Tetris!!! What is it? Saving all of the bits and ends of fabric leftovers and eventually when you have enough, sewing them together! With this quilted like piece of fabric you are then free to make anything you want with it :) I first became interested in working with leftovers when I was away at school in Florence. The waste that I saw everyday at school was a bit overwhelming and I really wanted to incorporate more than ever zero waste into my work. It is...

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