The Beauty of Natural Dyes!

I just love working with natural dyes – keeping an ancient tradition alive, working with color, celebrating nature!

Madder Red & Cochineal dye Silk Scarves
Handwoven silk scarves dyed with madder red & cochineal.

Yarns for Indigo demos in Turkmenistan

Yarns for Indigo demos in Turkmenistan

I just finished dyeing sampling skeins for my indigo demos in Turkmenistan. I dyed with Cochineal (reds) and Fustic (yellows). The yarns are (from left) wool, silk, an organic cotton/bamboo blend and a cotton/rayon blend. For the demo they will be over-dyed with indigo for a beautiful range of purples and greens! The undyed skeins will give a range of indigo blues as each substrate will take the indigo differently.
If you would like to try this, these same dyes are featured on The Yarn Tree’s website

Official Invitation to Travel to Turkmenistan

Today I received my official invitation from the Government of Turkmenistan!

Here is a translation and I just had to include the beautiful seal that was on the document

Seal of TurkmenistanThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan presents its compliments to the Embassy of the United States of America in Turkmenistan and, with reference to the Embassy’s diplomatic note of April 12, 2012, has the honor to inform of the Turkmen side’s consent to a visit to Turkmenistan by Ms. Linda LaBelle, an expert and specialist in American textiles, weaving and crafts, on May 20 – 27, 2012, and to arranging requested meetings and presentations.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Embassy of the United States of America in Turkmenistan the assurances of its highest consideration.

Ashgabat, April 24, 2012.