We entered (and won!) a contest on Facebook! Welcome to all our new friends, the store is over here!
Thanks to all of your votes and shares, we blew away the 250 vote requirement – and it’s still going up! If I could find you all to thank you personally, I would. It means so much to be considered for a grant – I have some Big Plans for Griffin Dyeworks and a grant of any amount would go a long way towards making it happen!
The Mission Main St Grants are open again, and I’ve entered Griffin Dyeworks! We can win up to $100,000 towards our business goals.
Here are my goals for Griffin Dyeworks:
Increase attendance at our annual retreat and bring in “big name” fiber artists
Book 3+ offsite dye workshops in a year
Offer two retreats per year in different areas of Southern California
Host FREE dye workshops for low income women interested in starting a fiber arts related business
Sell lucet, kumihimo, and dye kits in local yarn shops
With the $100,000 Grant, I would also move up the timetable to accomplish these goals as well! In no particular order, and with no due diligence done (i.e. I don’t know what all this would cost yet):
1. Travel to Central and South America, India, Pakistan, China, and the Caribbean to visit dye suppliers.We would love to provide dyes from sources we have seen and verified as treating people humanely and within the limits of the environment.
2. Rent a warehouse space so we can purchase and sell dyes in bulk, direct from the sources. Our current space limitations do not allow this. We’ll also be able to offer workshops on site and begin dyeing yarn, roving, fabric, and clothing to sell. Hopefully the increased income would allow us to hire an employee!
3. Overhaul our catalog: Create new dye samples using different mordants; new professional photos of all our dyes & the dye results; update all the item descriptions; test all the dye recipes for accuracy. Create new kits for lucets & kumihimo.
4. Update our website with a better event management solution, so people can register & pay for an event, sign up for classes, and give us all relevant information in one place!
We are so excited to feature local fiber artist and dyer Kristin Morrison at our retreat this year!
Kristin’s quote on her website says it all:
“Through the process of foraging and alchemizing plants into natural dyes, I explore the inherent connection of humans with nature, the relationship between us, and how we can draw upon the plentitude of nature, to nourish, heal, design and create.
Because humans exist as part of the natural world, it is imperative that we not compete with nature, but instead participate and commune with nature, not only for our survival, but also for our prosperity as a species.”
She a dyer and uses natural dyes to print on textiles – check out these results from using a traditionally Japanese technique called hapazome – pounding flowers and plants onto alum-mordanted cotton!
You can learn more about Kristin and her art on her website, http://kristinambermorrison.com/.
Our “Spring String Thing” is coming up fast on March 21! The class list was just finalized and posted here on the website!
Remember, you can sign up for classes only if you’re registered for the event. PayPal is currently down in the store, so if that’s your preferred method of payment I added a PayPal option on the Frolic page.
As you may have heard, John & Bjo Trimble are taking a step back and have passed Griffin Dyeworks on to their longtime friend and assistant, Theresa Wollenstein (aka me)! I have been helping the Trimbles with Griffin Dyeworks for twelve (!) years at workshops as well as managing their online store.
If you’re wondering how these changes will affect things, rest assured, Bjo and John will be around! While I’ll be the one filling the orders and answering most of the emails, John will still man the Griffin Dyeworks sales booth at events, and Bjo will still teach and answer dye questions via email.
One of my goals is to help spread the word about Griffin Dyeworks and bring in some new faces. Look for advertising in your local yarn shops and online – and help us out by telling friends and guild mates about our Frolics and Retreat or book us to come and teach privately.
Bjo hopes to spend more time teaching and promoting the use of pigments via their new venture, Ancient Earth Pigments! Right now, Griffin Dyeworks is selling their merchandise, but soon they’ll have their own website. We hope you’ll continue to support us and all the artisans whose products we sell.
Our Frolic is coming up March 21 – you can sign up today, or contact us if you’re interested in teaching or selling at the event!
And our retreat returns to Arrowhead Ranch June 26-28! We’ll allow arrivals Thursday night and classes will start on Friday morning, ending Sunday at noon. We hope you can join us — put down a deposit today!
Edit: We have the finalized list of classes on its own page!
Here’s the preliminary list of classes for the 2014 Fall Fiber Frolic!
We’ll be adding a few more in the next few days. As usual, there will be a spinning/fiber arts circle, open dyepots, and the Bjeaux Tapestry for embroidery!
Saturday 10 AM – 1PM
Socks, Two at a time on one circular needle by Amy Bingham
We will knit a baby sock (so you can learn all the sock techniques in one sitting). Learn how to cast on for two socks at one time on one circular needle. Cuff down. Or toe up. We’ll do heel flaps, heel turn and gussets, picking up stitches and how to close the toe with the kitchener stitch.
MATERIALS THE STUDENTS SHOULD BRING: Circular needle (size 1-3-check your yarn for suggested needle size) at least 32 inches long (make sure your cable is flexible-the old metal and plastic needles are not flexible), sock yarn, darning needle.
3 Hours Class Fee $0.00 Min / Max students: 3 / 10
Push That Creative Envelope! by Bjo Trimble
Cut, stamp, trim, paste, enhance – simple actions leading to freedom in designing for many applications. Use fabric, paper, threads, and fusible interlining to think outside the box. No sewing required! No experience required!
MATERIALS THE STUDENTS SHOULD BRING: cameras, questions, and NOT required, but feel free to bring UFOs (UNfinished Objects), including any single items you should have made more of, and any craft items you might wish to share.
2 Hours Class Fee $5.00 Min / Max students: no limit
Introduction to Card Weaving by Kimberly McDermott
This is an introduction to Card weaving. We will go over warping the loom and how to set up the cards to get the patterns you want and do some practice patterns on the bands. Students should bring their own looms and weaving supplies. If they do not own a loom, they can bring a set a of C-clamps and we will go over how to weave between two fixed points.
MATERIALS THE STUDENTS SHOULD BRING: Looms, or C-Clamps to weave between and cards.
2 Hours Class Fee $5.00 Min / Max students: 5 / 10
Beginning Knitting by Erin Reeves
Learn how to cast on and begin to knit your first project. Each student will learn different methods of casting on before starting to knit a scarf.
MATERIALS THE STUDENTS SHOULD BRING: Bring a skein of worsted or bulky weight yarn and knitting needles (straight or circular) for that size yarn. (You may want to purchase two skeins of the same dye lot to make sure you have enough for the size scarf you wish to make.)
2 Hours Class Fee $0.00 Min / Max students: 2 / 6
Saturday 1PM – 5PM
Modge Podge Christmas Ornaments by Amy Bingham
We’ll make some unique Ornaments using modge podge
MATERIALS THE STUDENTS SHOULD BRING: gloves (if you don’t want to peel glue off your hands), paper or fabric you’d like to use, old knitting magazines or patterns, old ornaments you’d like to cover. Anything you’d like to add to your ornaments. Apron or old shirt to wear
1 Hours Class Fee $5.00 Min / Max students: 2 / 10
Narrow ware: From inkle to 4 harness loom by Therese Calhoun
How to move your inkle designed bands from the inkle loom to a 4 harness loom and why would you want to.
MATERIALS THE STUDENTS SHOULD BRING: Note taking stuff
3 Hours Class Fee $0.00 Min / Max students: 10
Drop Spindle: New, Returning and Relearning by Cat Ellen
Have you ever wanted to give spinning a try? Would your persona have known how to spin on a drop spindle? Have you tried it before and given up but are ready to try again? Have you spun a bit but are still confused or just want someone to help you improve? It’s time to spin! New, Returning, or Relearning students will be given hands-on spinning instruction with one of the oldest textile tools in existence: The Drop Spindle. And as a wise child once told me, “It’s called a DROP spindle. If you’re dropping it, you must be doing it right!” Don’t miss a chance to pick up this skill again, even if you dropped it before or never tried it at all. Everyone welcome.
MATERIALS THE STUDENTS SHOULD BRING: Drop Spindles and Wool. I will have some you can use
1 Hours Class Fee $0.00 Min / Max students: 5 – 10
Teatotteler Pocket Pouch by Andrea Butler
We will be knitting a tea bag pouch to hold a tea bag or other necessities in a bag or purse. Knowledge of knit and purl stitches. We will be casting on, increasing stitches, knitting stockinette stitch, garter stitch, buttonhole and short rows. Beginner, intermediate class.
MATERIALS THE STUDENTS SHOULD BRING: Drop Spindles and Wool. I will have some you can use
2 Hours Class Fee $3.00 Min / Max students: 1 – 10
As always we’re pleased to return to Southern California Handweaving Guild’s Weaving & Fiber Festival, Nov 2 in Torrance, CA! We weren’t able to make it last year due to conflicts and health issues, and missed seeing everyone so much.
Our Fall Frolic will be November 15, once again at the Monrovia United Methodist Church!
We’re also happy to report that we’ve scheduled the 2015 Retreat for the weekend of June 26 at Arrowhead Ranch! Because we booked it early, we’ll be able to offer classes starting at 9am on Friday morning until Sunday afternoon! We are SO excited to Arrowhead Ranch and hope you are, too.
Have a neat technique you want to share? Want to teach others how to do the craft you do but no one else seems to? ANYONE can teach at our Frolics! You can submit a class proposal online anytime, and we’ll be in touch before the event.
Teachers receive a discount on event entry based on the number of hours they dedicate to teaching. We request that teachers only charge their students for materials to keep our events affordable.
Time to share more photos of our new venue for the retreat! There’s a wide variety of cabins available – this just shows some of the unique features in a few of them!