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Fashion Takes Action - Behind the Seams

We're delighted to be featured on the Fashion Takes Action blog in "Behind the Seams"!  Find the interview here: http://fashiontakesaction.com/behind-the-seams-with-botanica-tinctoria/

 

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City of Craft - Spring 2015

Botanica Tinctoria will be at City of Craft on Saturday, April 18th - please do stop by and visit!  We'll have the full range of materials available for sale.

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New Block Printed Ribbons

We're working on some beautiful new block printed ribbons - here are the first samples!  The ribbons are all printed by hand, using traditional carved wooden blocks and then dyed in natural dyes. Hoping to have them in our shop by the fall...

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Style Diaries

Style Diaries

Many thanks to Vera for her mention of Botanica Tinctoria on her blog "Style Diaries"!

Vera is the author of "Scraps; Stylish Fabric Crafts to Stitch" and you can see some of her great ideas here: http://craftgawker.com/post/archive/vera-vandenbosch/

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Dutch Craft Market

Our Dutch retailer, Stik 'n Stof, will be at a wonderful craft market in Zwolle, February 12 - 15, 2015: http://www.handwerkbeurs.nl/.  Stop by to visit if you are in The Netherlands!

 

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Eri Silk and Hand Crocheted Lace

Eri Silk and Hand Crocheted Lace

Some new materials have arrived!  We now have a beautiful Eri Silk 8-strand embroidery thread in stock, available in all 14 colours.  This organic "peace" silk is grown in Jharkhand, Northern India and is spun without killing the silkworm.  Village women raise the cocoons and process the silk in a Fair Trade income generation project.

It is lovely and smooth to work with and creates a subtly lustrous surface.

Another new arrival is an organic cotton hand crocheted lace made with the Godavari Delta Women's Lace Co-operative, a Fair Trade certified enterprise in Eastern India.  There are five historic lace designs, each available in five colours: Madder Red, Mid Indigo, Ochre, Olive and Madder Rose. Co-ordinating beautifully with our Voile fabrics, each 3 m. lengths is enough to trim a simple top.  

 

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Les Soeurs Anglaises....

Many thanks to Les Soeurs Anglaises for featuring Botanica Tinctoria on their blog!

Les Soeurs Anglaises offers creative escapes in rural Southwestern France at their beautifully restored farmhouse. Their short courses give participants the opportunity to work with renowned textile artists like Julie Arkell and India Flint, as well as a chance to experience the culture and cuisine of the area.  It sounds wonderful!

                     

Les Soeurs Anglaises offers workshops and accommodation in these beautiful old buildings.

India Flint will be leading a workshop in her eco-textile printing methods in August of 2015.

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the workroom

We love "the workroom" (http://www.theworkroom.ca/)  in Toronto - they carry all sorts of wonderful materials, books, magazines and supplies, and now they're carrying Botanica Tinctoria too! Our trims are featured on the workroom's "make something" blog: www.makesomething.ca  where Karyn uses an eyelet lace trim in Dark Grey to edge her Fancy Tiger Sailor top.

 

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Toronto's Fashion Week!

Botanica Tinctoria is collaborating with the beautiful Parkdale florist shop Crown Flora Studio on a window display for Toronto's Fashion Week (Oct. 20-24).  Stop by to have a look if you're in the neighbourhood!

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Toronto Launch for Botanica Tinctoria

Toronto Launch for Botanica Tinctoria

Designers, artists, friends and family gathered on Oct. 3rd at the Contemporary Textile Studio Co-op in Toronto to celebrate the launch of the Botanica Tinctoria line. With lots of help from CTS members and friends and from OCADU students, the launch was a great success!

Guests at the launch

Jackets and ties from a collaboration with Toronto artist Michelangelo Iaffaldano, embroidered in Eri silk embroidery threads on upcycled menswear.

Botanica Tinctoria products laid out on the studio print table. Rick Racks and Voile Fabrics

Natural dye specialist Thea Haines selecting Eri silk embroidery threads

 

The full colour range shown in organic cotton ribbons.

Upcycled men's shirts re-worked into women's blouses with edgings and embroidery in Botanica Tinctoria materials.

 

The Moustache Men: Men's ties embroidered with Eri silk embroidery thread; designs from drawings by Noah Gehman.

 

Voile cotton dresses - printed with drawings of various lace and trims.

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