Thursday, November 13, 2014

Eco Printing on Fabric at The Tin Thimble

The Tin Thimble in Loomis California is a textile lovers dream. Located northeast of Sacramento, I highly recommend a visit. Yesterday I took a one day class, Botanical Imprinting on Fabric taught by Sharon Mansfield at the Tin Thimble. Sharon has done so much research with local plants and is happy to share her expertise, with step by step instructions and a positive encouraging teaching style her classes will not disappoint. She has another eco printing class coming up in the spring. The Tin Thimble has a great studio space for classes and a store front in a wonderful old packing shed. The store has all the supplies you need. Its like a museum, store, and school all in one. I am always inspired by the work they show, and they keep the merchandise fresh and interesting. We dyed silk, silk wool blends, and silk linen blends. All the bundles were gorgeous and we only used local eucalyptus.

I should also mention, the High Hand Nursery and Cafe next door where you will want to have lunch, and don't miss the potato chips they make fresh. Great coffee and cookies too.

Can't wait to get back to my studio and incorporate some of Sharon's techniques. The results were so beautiful, I can't stop looking at them. So many beautiful details. Thanks to mother nature and teachers/artists like Sharon.

A peak into the classroom space.

My bundles before opening.