what would I want? dye


brain dip

sky dye

my favourite scarf

Lately my friend Emily (seen here, scaling hills during a Sadie photoshoot) have been mastering the art of tie dye. We've put in two full day sessions so far this summer and have great plans for more hand dyed projects after I get married. Our tie dye sessions are getting talked about, too. In fact, today I got an e-mail from my friend Jill who's coming for the wedding asking if we can tie dye while she's here visiting. Sounds like a plan to me, but I'll have to check with Emily, there's no way I could do this without her. We tend to encourage each other to experiment in just the right ways, even if we do sometimes end up with an ugly scarf or a tea towel with hand-dyed plaid (yes, that was as amazing as it sounds).

Spending the day on Emily's back porch, with her cute dog Hazel, pots of dye and piles of cotton fabric has been one of my favourite summer activities. I can't wait to experiment with some more autumn inspired colours and some new fabric dyeing techniques in September. What do you think of our sky-inspired palette? My giant pink and black organic cotton scarf is definitely my new favourite thing. I love the colours that we used this time around. The black wasn't as dark as I thought it would be, but the grey ended up being perfect with the other muted, pastel colours that we chose.

On another summery note my friend Carrah's rad summer trip is going to be the subject of tomorrow's two part, incredible, image-heavy post. Be sure to check it out, you won't want to miss this one!

Here's one of my favourite Animal Collective songs. I think it would be the perfect tie dye session soundtrack:


  1. i have wanted to tie-dye for the longest time so i'm definitely jealous of your two-day dye session!

  2. FUN!! I did this in high school but haven't even thought about doing it since. I think I might have to try again:)

    Found from EBT!!

  3. Beautiful tie-dyes. I can see some of these in a quilt. Well, maybe not...I couldn't cut them up once I had them.

  4. Tie dye always reminds me of home. Also randomly reminds me of this guy I know in Salt Lake with tie dye shorts. But that' another story.

  5. I'd love to try it sometime!

  6. I love your tie dye & animal collective!

  7. Brissa: You definitely have to set aside a big chunk of time to do it, otherwise I just can't justify making a huge mess! It's gotta be worth it in the end!

    LuciRae: The last time I did it before this summer was when I worked with kids. It's even more fun when you do it as an adult, I think. You can make some really beautiful stuff!

    Sandy: Thanks! I agree, these could make a lovely duvet cover or quilt. Perhaps someday...

    Rachel: Your comment cracked me up. Something about a guy in SLC with tie dye shorts...it's a bit off some how. I'd like to know the story!

    Iona: Do it! You won't be sorry!

    Stela: Thanks! I think I listen to some Animal Collective almost every day. I get ridiculously excited when they have new stuff out, too.

  8. Oh my goodness, the photo of the sky & the rack of dyed fabrics is so freaking beautiful!!


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