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No. 6
Life Lessons

A few weeks back, we had the pleasure of hosting our first workshop at the Birch & Brass studio space. Not only are workshops a wonderful time to learn a new craft, but they also introduce you to new faces in the community. I love bringing people together in any capacity, whether it’s a small get-together, a BBQ, or a picnic, so I figured why not combine my love of entertaining with learning something new?
Shay Spaniola is the owner of Bunglo. She designs watercolor textiles in beautiful pastel shades, which are then turned into upholstery, pillows, and other textiles Her designs are eclectic and unique, and we were so glad to have her on-board to teach us eco bundling. Using all natural elements from Mother Nature, we collected rusted pieces in our backyard, leaves, flowers, and even acorns to dye our own pillowcases and name tags.
As opposed to modern dyes that contain chemicals such as flame retardants, natural dye isn’t harmful to our planet, and it’s a very cost effective way of repurposing items you may otherwise toss. Is your white t-shirt looking a little dingy? Dye it. How about those napkins of yours? Add a pop of color to them. The possibilities are seemingly endless.
Shay taught us multiple different techniques such as shibori, flower pounding, and dying similarly to tye-dye. We each left with a new skill set, a beautiful piece that we can call our own, and some new friends.
Now, that’s one awesome Sunday!
Our pieces that were utilized: Samson Narrow Farm Tables, Jeremiah Spool Table, Wood Crates, Relish Dish, Milkglass Vases, Depression Glass Servingware, Punch Bowl (not yet listed on our website), Kendrick Cheeseboard, Vintage Doilies.

Greens and petals on a white napkin

Making natural dye from petals and greens

Purple petals and greens on a white napkin

Natural color dying workshop

A group of people dying napkins or t-shirts with flowers

Getting pink dye from flowers

Different earthy textures

naturally colored t-shirt and towels

purple natural dye on a white towel

flowers and fruits on wooden tables and crates

fruit and water refreshments

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