The annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Waimea is coming up on the first Saturday in February and I've been spending all my time getting products ready for the show. I'm lucky to be located inside the Town Hall, across from Kahilu Theatre, as part of the Hawaiian Quilt show.
Ice dyeing works great for all sorts of thing from fabric for quilting to articles of clothing. Last year I started making ice-dyed leggings to sell at the holiday craft fairs. Now every time I wear mine, I attract a new customer.
One of the best things about ice dyeing is that, because the design is created as the ice melts and the dye drips onto the fabric, each one is totally unique. Different shapes and sizes of ice create different patterns. And often the dyes that are composed of many different colors split out and you get all sorts of colors you didn't expect. So you need to have no expectations when you ice dye, although you can get particular patterns depending on how you scrunch or fold the fabric before you add the ice and the dye,
Just finished the Na Makua Christmas Craft Fair in Hilo and despite the rain, the turnout as usual was great as was the entertainment.
One of our big sellers was the Ohe Kapala bamboo-stamped silk scarves we offered for the first time this year, thanks to the classes Amy and I took from Dalai Tanahy at the Honolulu Museum of Art. You can see them in the post below. We had some that were the original cream color but the really popular ones were either dyed in soft warm pastels or bright Hawaiian colors of red/orange/green as well as a few ombre scarves in graduated colors. We plan to offer lots more of these in 2017.
Our devore and shibori sarves (which we wrap around a pole with string, compress and dip in dye to give us our designs) will be showing up under many Christmas trees this year if the givers don't keep them for themselves.
And our other new product in 2016, the shrug that doubles as a scarf, sold out at this show. Sorry, they went so fast we didn't even have time to take a picture. We'll be replenishing our stock for the Cherry Blossom festival the first Saturday in Februaruy in Waimea. If you want to find us there, we're inside at the Hawaiiann Quilt show in the building directly across from Kahilu theatre from 9-3.
Amy and I recently took a class in bamboo stamping (aka Ohe Kapala) from master kapa maker Dalani Tanahy at the Honolulu Art Museum. We learned how to process the bamboo, carve our own stamps and then print on fabric using paint or dye. Its not as easy as it sounds!
These samples are Amy's -- she is much better at it than I am. She used Jacquard Textile Paint and stamped several rows on a variety of silk scarves. The idea is to make new designs by lining up each new row of stamping next to the previous row.
Below is a picture of the stamps Amy used. Some we carved -- most were purchased from the teacher.
The Hawaiians used this method to decorate the kapa (cloth they made from pounding bark from the mulberry tree). It is making a comeback these days as are many things Hawaiian,
We're hoping to have these available at the Made in Hawaii show in August.