Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Rust Dye Print Scarves

 I have been rust dye printing fabrics for several years now.  I recently got inspired when I was creating some designs for Susan Lenart Kazmer for a trade we are doing.  I studied her latest jewelry designs and when I gathered these metal shapes I had I noticed they looked like bezels to me.  I lined them up as if they were pendants hanging on a necklace.  I left these white but plan to make more and some will get dyed colors.  I have put these in my shop at Attilia's but if you are interested leave me a comment or email and I will get back to you.  If it hasn't sold yet it can be yours.

Scarf #1


16" x  86"


Scarf #2


16" x 65"


Saturday, August 8, 2020

New Upcycled Garments for Sale

 I added these two garments to my shop at Attilia's Antique but would be happy to ship them if someone is interested but not near to visit the shop.   I am adding measurements but please ask questions if you have them.  Also there is a chance that the garment may have sold at the shop.  I do not go in everyday.

This top began as a while tablecloth with the embroidery on it.  It was a bit stained so I over dyed it using a mixture of naturals dyes.  There are still a few slight stains but you really have to look for them. 

Measurements laid flat:

Underarm to underarm 22

Length from neckline to hemline in the middle 15 1/2" (hangs longer on the sides)

cost $45.00

This top was made from two vintage pillowcase, a dyed vintage table runner with embroidery (on one side), hand dyed dupioni silk bias I hand stitched around the neck and arm edges.  I vintage embroidered doily was cut and used for a pocket.  The back has a hand and machine stitched embroidered fabric piece.

Measurements laid flat:

underarm to underarm 23"

length from back neckline to hemline 30"

Cost: $135.00

This is a tee-shirt style top made from a vintage quilt top

Measurements laid flat:

underarm to underarm 20"

length from back neckline to hemline 29"

Cost: $85.00

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Garments Featured in my Book for Sale

I am selling some of the garments that were featured in my book 

Wayward Threads: Techniques and Ideas for Upcycling Unloved or Discarded Garments

If you are interested in purchasing you can email me lasfibers.yahoo.com 
These are also in my shop at Attilia's Antiques in Santa Cruz, CA

Photo credit to Cynthia Shaffer.

Embellish Your Denim

This is an extra large size garment.

Cotton denim and vintage linen embroidered piece
Measurements laid flat:
armpit to armpit 26 1/2"
from top of back neck line to hem  47"


Quilt Top   SOLD

Size Large

Made from vintage quilt top - cotton

Measurements laid flat:
armpit to armpit 24"
top of back neckline to hem 31" (sides hang longer)


Dish Towel Linen Jacket

This is an embellished FLAX jacket
Size Small (you know FLAX runs big)

Linen jacket with vintage linen covered bridge scene and crochet trim

Measurements laid flat
armpit to armpit 24"
from back neckline to hem 27"


White on White       SOLD

Embellished FLAX linen shirt with linen flounce added to bottom and vintage lace piece hand stitched on the back.

Size Medium
Measurements laid flat:
armpit to armpit  24 1/2"
top of back neckline to hem 28"


Two Tablecloths Merged

Two linen tablecloths were merged to make this tunic.

Size Small

Measurements laid flat
armpit to armpit 18 1/2"
from back neckline to hem 31"


White Linen

Made from a linen tablecloth.  

The size is small.  I don't have the measurements but if interested ask me.


Apron Frock

Cotton waffle weave jacket embellished with vintage crochet aprons

Size S/M

measurements laid flat:
armpit to armpit 20"
from back neckline to hem 28"


Thursday, July 2, 2020

I Am Now Part of Attilia's Antiques in Santa Cruz, CA

I became part of Attilia's Antiques in Santa Cruz, CA.  Over the weekend I set my space up to sell my upcycled vintage garments, hand dyed scarves and accessories, vintage fabrics, lace, textiles, and much more.

Today I will feature two vintage sewing machines I have for sale in the shop.  If you wanted to purchase to have them shipped I am guessing the cost would be around $65.00 for shipping?

One is a beautiful and rare aqua colored New Home portable machine and the other is a Singer 99 model portable.  Both are called portable because they came with a carry case but they are super heavy!

The New Home is probably a late 1950's I really don't know.  It comes with the carry case and seems to be in good shape except the electric cord is frayed.   

In 1860, William Barker and Andrew J. Clark began producing the "New England Single Thread Hand Sewing Machine" in Orange, Massachusetts. Over the next 20 years, the New England machine and the "Home Shuttle" were their two most significant products. In 1882, the company reformed under the name New Home (a combination of the labels New England and Home Shuttle), and it continued to operate under that name for the better part of a century. In 1960, ninety-three years after Barker and Clark first collaborated, New Home and the "New Home" brand were purchased by the Janome Sewing Machine Company of Tokyo, Japan.
For a more in-depth article on the early history of the company, visit The International Sewing Machine Collectors' Society and access the piece called “The Men Behind New Home”.

I am selling it cheaply because it will need some maintenance to get to working order (although I think it will run fine once the cord is fixed).  It would also make a lovely prop for a sewing or clothing business.  $35.00

The other machine is a Singer 99 model circa 1956.  It is in working order but could probably use a little maintenance.  It comes with the original box of accessories and a manual, although the manual is not the same model number.  I think it is a similar machine so the manual works for this one?  No carry case.  It sits on a homemade wooden base which works but you'd probably want to install it in a cabinet or buy a case for it.  They seem to come up on eBay.

I am asking $85.00 for this one but would consider offers.

If you live or visit the Santa Cruz area please stop by the shop.  There are lots of other vendors with treasures!  2630 Soquel Dr.  or visit FaceBook page  https://www.facebook.com/Attilias-Antiques-263149247194/

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

My plans while the pandemic lingers ...........

During the shelter in place because of the Coronavirus pandemic I found it hard to concentrate on creating in my studio.  The art retreats and vendor shows I had planned to participate in were canceled or I chose not to attend for obvious reasons.  Actually only one of those is planning to take place but it didn't work for me with the restrictions that would be in place.  I never realized how goal oriented I am.  Without a show or a class to be working on projects for I couldn't just make something for the sake of doing it.  I did a few sample projects and I put together kits that I sent to students who had signed up for my classes that I chose to cancel.  That was rewarding for me, working on something positive and I think most all those who received the kits in the mail were happy to get them.

I tackled the job of cleaning and clearing out unnecessary clutter.  Starting in my studio I kept stalling because I didn't know what to do with all the extra "stuff".  Not things I want to take to Goodwill and besides it wasn't open anyway, no thrifts stores.  I listed somethings on eBay and Etsy and did moderately well but that's a task and I wanted more immediate results.  Talking with a friend she suggested I get a space at an antique mall that she has been involved with.  I considered it and decided to contact the person in charge and so starting July 1 I will have a space to sell.  

I'm really excited and nervous about this.  I love that I will have an outlet to sell and display at but I'm nervous because I have no idea how well my things will sell in a venue of this type.  

I'm working on putting things together and in a few days I'll start moving merchandise in and setting it all up.  I keep wishing my sister Jan could be here to help me.  She always has good ideas and is a big help to me.  BUT no traveling right now.  She's 7 - 8 hour drive away from me and not going to happen.

Trying to price items is always tough.  All the years I've been doing this type of work and it never gets easier.  What did I pay for materials, how long did it take me to make it, what is the market, will anyone buy this?  Yep same old questions.

The name of the Antique Mall is Attilia's in Santa Cruz, CA  I will be posting on Facebook and Instagram after I'm set up to let everyone know about my space and what I'll have for sale.  Of course my upcycled clothing, botanical and rust dyed fabrics and Storyscapes, curio remnant packets, vintage linens and doilies, and all sorts of thing I've collected. Good junk, treasures!  Things for artists!  

2630 Soquel Dr
Santa Cruz, California 95065

I hope everyone is staying safe, wearing masks in public and social distancing.


Saturday, May 30, 2020

Musings on Natural Dye Mordants

There are a lot of misconceptions being published on the internet when it comes to dyeing fabric, more specifically when using natural dyes or botanical dye printing.

Often when dyeing with natural dyes fabric needs to be mordanted for the dyes to adhere to the fabric better and create a richer, longer lasting color.  

A mordant is a fixative that allows dye molecules to bind to fiber. From the Latin word mordere, meaning to bite, a mordant is a chemical compound that can brighten a dye color, darken it, or make it colorfast. 

Mordants include tannic acid, alum, chrome alum, and certain salts of aluminum, chromium, copper, iron, iodine, potassium, sodium, tungsten and tin.  The most commonly and safest mordant used is alum, either aluminum sulfate or aluminum acetate.  

When botanical dye printing (aka ecodye) iron and copper are mostly used by rolling your bundle on an iron or copper pipe or using iron water.  Tannin plays a big part in this method when using leaves to dye print with.

A true mordant bonds with the fabric and the dye molecules.  

There are factors other than mordants that can help affect dye properties. These are called binders, assists, or modifiers.  These modifiers change the PH of the dye bath to accommodate the type of fiber used or they create a surface bond for the dye to affix to such as soy milk.  These are not true mordants.

I am seeing so many websites on the internet where people are giving recipes and information for mordanting and dyeing fibers/fabric.  However, it seems the definition of a mordant has changed from what I was taught by leading dye experts.  I see articles titled “How to Mordant with Soy Milk”, “Soda Ash as a Mordant”.  Technically those additives are not true mordants but assists or modifiers.  It seems that the terminology of a mordant has morphed into meaning “anything that helps set or changes the color of fiber/fabric dye”.  

I have brought this to the attention of some of the people who published those articles and the response is “We don’t really care about the science of it, just the results”.  I wonder if this will be the way of teaching in the future?   What does the term mordant mean to you?

I have taken extensive natural dye classes in the past with Michelle Wipplinger and Karen Cassleman.  This is written from my knowledge of what I remember learning from them.

Lorri Scott

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

"wayward threads" the book

Photographer:  Cynthia Shaffer

Just got off the phone with my editor, Tonia Jenny, of my book "wayward threads".  YYEEEEH!!

The final edit has been done and she will spend the day making sure the file size is correct, etc. and then upload to Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing where the book will be published and sold on site.

This book was a labor of love and dedication and a long time coming.  I feel excited, nervous, anxious, relieved, all these emotions bundled up together.

So just a little bit more waiting, for the book upload to be approved and then I can order proof copies and if everything looks good then it's a wrap and in print!

For my local friends I want to let you know I will be giving a program for the Santa Cruz Textile Arts Guild on Wednesday, April 8th, 2020.  Would love to see you there!

My journey into the fashion world began at an early age from Barbie doll clothes, to sewing my own clothes in high school and college.  I attended fashion college for a couple of years and went on to teach myself how to weave and created cloth and designed garments for handwoven clothing for over 25 years.  I dye painted my threads, fabrics for lining and trim and also dyed scarves in a variety of techniques. After selling my loom almost ten years ago I became interested in restructuring used garments into news ones, upcycling, and that is my current passion, along with dyeing, dye printing, and stitching.

I will be bringing many of my handwoven designs I created over the years to show and tell as well as my current upcycled garments I call ‘wayward threads”.  I want to share my ideas and techniques for designing and redesigning garments!

I have also just finished writing a book on my upcycled designs which should be in print in a few weeks.  I will bring copies of the book to the meeting.  

Book title is 
“wayward threads”:  techniques and ideas for upcycling unloved or discarded garments.”

I will have a new website soon and will announce that when I get it up and running!