New for 2020!

Greetings. I hope this finds you well. 2020 has certainly been a very unusual year (to say the least!) so far, but my work continues, especially in the realm of Indigo resist-dyeing. The first pieces this year build on that technique. In future posts, look for more pieces enriched with Indigo, various Tannins and other… Read More

Season’s end….

I have been adding natural dyes as another facet of my fabric-enrichment toolkit. (I have also added a new vest to the collection!) This season has featured a lot cloth surfaces produced with natural dyes, including the pieces featured in this post. Here I used Indigo in combination with madderroot (oranges and pinks) and black… Read More

First Looks in 2019

I have been diving into more work with natural dyes. From indigo immersion to printing and painting with other earth-based colorants, this year’s work promises to be rich in pattern and palette. First to emerge are active surfaces from the organic indigo vat, along with the first of my totes with hand-printed surfaces. Stay tuned… Read More

A/W 2018 – First Wave

Happy Fall!  New work for the new season! Early days in the season, and so much more to come, but here is the latest so far:  I’m hand-painting, printing and dyeing stretch knits in a variety of weights and creating a lively mix of tees and tunics.  I’ve also added a new piece to the… Read More

The “Mountain/Ocean” Tunic

Spotlighting Petal’s “Mountain/Ocean” Tunic this month which has been a part of the collection since 2015. While I am still making the original, fitted, figure-flattering version in cotton/lycra, a more recent version (introduced this time last year) is a relaxed, loose-fitting version in soy/cotton/spandex.  Both have light to moderate stretch and all pieces are made… Read More

An Abundance of Cloth

I recently had the opportunity to return again to the home of a friend in Guanajuato, GTO, Mexico. My friend, who I have known for nearly 25 years, has been my biggest unconditional cheerleader, encouraging me at every stage of my fabric and fiber endeavors (my gratitude overflows) …and she has accumulated quite a collection… Read More

New Looks are In – Part II

A few years back I studied briefly with hand-weaver and natural dye expert Catharine Ellis with whom I learned how to enrich cloth with plant- and insect-based colorants.  This Spring I am finally introducing indigo-dyed cloth (as well as other natural colorants – post coming soon) into my wearable collections!  Pieces include both straight immersion… Read More