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ABOUT MAMA JUDE...
I'm a fiber artist, teacher with students of all ages, and an indie dyer who specializes in using natural plant dyes. I'm a member of Phatfiber (www.phatfiber.com), and a Waldorf trained Handwork teacher. For over 20 years, I have worked in the textile arts, and I have taught children and adults for over 19 years. I have had the pleasure to teach at two different Waldorf schools and for several homeschool groups as well. My husband and I have a son in graduate school and a daughter who is in grade school. Currently, I am working out of my home, teaching homeschoolers and adults, running my on-line shop, and best of all, having a wonderful time with my daughter--who loves to stir things in the dye pots. Being at home gives me more time to play with my colors and my gal. We love plant dyes so much and hope you will too!

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  • Born on August 11
  • Joined May 1, 2009

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I love working with plant dyed or natural materials such as yarns, fibers, felt, leather, fabrics I love works that are created with sound skills, a sense of purpose, and an eye for beauty

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ABOUT MAMA JUDE...
I'm a fiber artist, teacher with students of all ages, and an indie dyer who specializes in using natural plant dyes. I'm a member of Phatfiber (www.phatfiber.com), and a Waldorf trained Handwork teacher. For over 20 years, I have worked in the textile arts, and I have taught children and adults for over 19 years. I have had the pleasure to teach at two different Waldorf schools and for several homeschool groups as well. My husband and I have a son in graduate school and a daughter who is in grade school. Currently, I am working out of my home, teaching homeschoolers and adults, running my on-line shop, and best of all, having a wonderful time with my daughter--who loves to stir things in the dye pots. Being at home gives me more time to play with my colors and my gal. We love plant dyes so much and hope you will too!

When it comes to natural dyes, I prefer to use the raw materials--nut hulls, wood chips, flowers, roots--whenever possible. It's kind of like making soup from scratch. The results are never the same, and I am constantly amazed by the results every time. These gifts from the plants are wondrous, and I am so grateful to Nature for sharing them with us. Thank you for letting me share them with you!


WHERE TO FIND MAMA JUDE

Find me on Ravelry as mamajude.

Find me on Twitter as plantdyedstuff.

Find me at Phatfiber.com in the list of Fiberati (found on the blog page).


ABOUT THESE PLANT DYED ITEMS...

Plant dyes provide rich, vibrant colors that come directly from nature. Like natural fibers (such as wool, cotton, silk, or linen), they are a sustainable, renewable resource. Many of these plant dyes last a long time. (Think of a tapestry you might see in a museum.) Over the years, some of these colors may gently mellow. I feel that these shades are equally beautiful. (Please keep in mind that any item, even commercially dyed items like T-shirts, will fade from continued exposure to direct sunlight.)

Plant dyed items last best with a bit of special care. In the case of dolls, hats, and other toys, I suggest surface washing when necessary. Silk scarves or items knitted, crocheted or woven from plant dyed yarns can be washed separately by hand. Cold water is best. I use a mild dish soap or mild detergent to wash my own items and avoid soaps with enzymes. Sometimes soaps with enzymes can alter the ph of a plant dyed item and change the color.

I thoroughly wash items after the dying process and usually use Ecover fabric softener to smooth down the fibers of plant dyed yarns. I hope you enjoy the colors. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or comments.

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