Citywide rep González part of Capitol Hill EcoDistrict delegation on ‘sustainable, urban strategies’ European field trip

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To break the the mayor’s veto of the Seattle City Council’s Sweetened Beverage Tax revenue plan, citywide council member Lorena González had to make an international phone call in the middle of the night to cast her decisive vote Monday afternoon Seattle time.

Turns out, González is abroad this week studying “sustainable, urban strategies” thanks to the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict.

The council member is part of a huge delegation, according to Capitol Hill Housing which started the EcoDistrict effort in 2013 with funding from The Bullitt Foundation to increase sustainability efforts in the neighborhood.  Continue reading

Natural Dyeing Workshop w/ Maggie Pate: Flower-Bundle Steaming

Bundle dyeing is a natural dye technique that involves laying out the dye material on the fiber and rolling it up for a steam bath. Students will create their own silk scarf using food waste items like blueberry extract, onion skins, and turmeric in an original pattern of their choosing.

Textile artist Maggie Pate has cultivated a remarkable studio that is 100% sustainable and eco-friendly. Her main focus is on capturing color predominantly with food waste, collected from local restaurants and farms. In June 2018, she released her first book, The Natural Colors Cookbook. Her guide explores in depth how to capture color with food waste and pantry basics, making natural dyeing and sustainable colors accessible — and earth-loving — to all.

This 2-hour, hands-on workshop will give an overview of how to capture color and create pattern through bundle dyeing.

  1. Intro to Bundle Dyeing
  2. Fiber treatment & preparation
  3. Pattern design and composition
  4. Steam bath technique

During this class, the following item will be provided to practice dyeing:

— Silk scarf

Questions? Can’t make this class date? Email us, and we’ll notify you of our next workshop.

Gift a workshop: Our classes make thoughtful, engaging presents. If you’d like to purchase a workshop for someone, please make a note during checkout.

BYO Indigo Dyeing Workshop w/ Maggie Pate

Breathe new life into stained garments, repurpose old items, or add a beautiful inky-blue indigo color to a new piece. You bring your own natural fiber items, and we’ll provide the indigo and fun.

 

Textile artist Maggie Pate has cultivated a remarkable studio that is 100% sustainable and eco-friendly. Her main focus is on capturing color predominantly with food waste, collected from local restaurants and farms. In June 2018, she released her first book, The Natural Colors Cookbook. Her guide explores in depth how to capture color with food waste and pantry basics, making natural dyeing and sustainable colors accessible — and earth-loving — to all.

Bring up to 5 pre-laundered, manageably-sized fiber items, made of natural fibers (such as linen or cotton).

Questions? Can’t make this class date? Email us, and we’ll notify you of our next workshop.

Gift a workshop: Our classes make thoughtful, engaging presents. If you’d like to purchase a workshop for someone, please make a note during checkout.

Natural Dyeing Workshop w/ Maggie Pate: Flower Pounding

Within each flower, there is an explosive power of color just waiting to be revealed. In this hands-on workshop, we will use a pounding technique and a variety of flowers to create atmospheric and colorful silk scarves. This form of eco-printing has a final result similar to the Japanese technique of shibori dyeing.

Textile artist Maggie Pate has cultivated a remarkable studio that is 100% sustainable and eco-friendly. Her main focus is on capturing color predominantly with food waste, collected from local restaurants and farms. In June 2018, she released her first book, The Natural Colors Cookbook. Her guide explores in depth how to capture color with food waste and pantry basics, making natural dyeing and sustainable colors accessible — and earth-loving — to all.

This 2-hour, hands-on workshop will give an overview of how to create color and pattern from

  1. Intro to Eco-Printing
  2. Fiber treatment & preparation
  3. Flower composition and design
  4. Pounding Techniques

During this class, the following items will be provided to practice dyeing:

— Silk Scarf
— Cotton Tote Bag

If you’re interested in bringing your own fibers to dye, please email us in advance. We’ll try to accommodate all requests. Yarn and protein fibers would work best for this workshop.

Questions? Can’t make this class date? Email us, and we’ll notify you of our next workshop.

Gift a workshop: Our classes make thoughtful, engaging presents. If you’d like to purchase a workshop for someone, please make a note during checkout.

Natural Dyeing Workshop w/ Maggie Pate: Pigment From Petals

We will explore the process of capturing the beauty of a flower and repurpose it into hue. This workshop will open up with an overview lecture on the basics of natural dyeing and then will dive into the extraction process with a hands-on approach with a variety of in-season petals.

Textile artist Maggie Pate has cultivated a remarkable studio that is 100% sustainable and eco-friendly. Her main focus is on capturing color predominantly with food waste, collected from local restaurants and farms. In June 2018, she released her first book, The Natural Colors Cookbook. Her guide explores in depth how to capture color with food waste and pantry basics, making natural dyeing and sustainable colors accessible — and earth-loving — to all.

This 3.5-hour, hands-on workshop will give an overview of how to dye fibers naturally with color extracted from fresh flowers.

  1. Intro to fibers
  2. Scouring and mordant baths
  3. Creating a dye bath
  4. pH shifts

During this class, the following items will be provided to practice dyeing:

— Silk bandana
— Fishnet market tote bag
— Fiber swatches to create a personal dye book

If you’re interested in bringing your own fibers to dye, please email us in advance. We’ll try to accommodate all requests. Yarn and protein fibers would work best for this workshop.

Questions? Can’t make this class date? Email us, and we’ll notify you of our next workshop.

Gift a workshop: Our classes make thoughtful, engaging presents. If you’d like to purchase a workshop for someone, please make a note during checkout.

BYO Indigo Dyeing Workshop w/ Maggie Pate

Breathe new life into stained garments, repurpose old items, or add a beautiful inky-blue indigo color to a new piece. You bring your own natural fiber items, and we’ll provide the indigo and fun.

 

Textile artist Maggie Pate has cultivated a remarkable studio that is 100% sustainable and eco-friendly. Her main focus is on capturing color predominantly with food waste, collected from local restaurants and farms. In June 2018, she released her first book, The Natural Colors Cookbook. Her guide explores in depth how to capture color with food waste and pantry basics, making natural dyeing and sustainable colors accessible — and earth-loving — to all.

Bring up to 5 pre-laundered, manageably-sized fiber items, made of natural fibers (such as linen or cotton).

Questions? Can’t make this class date? Email us, and we’ll notify you of our next workshop.

Gift a workshop: Our classes make thoughtful, engaging presents. If you’d like to purchase a workshop for someone, please make a note during checkout.

Sustainability by the glass as Footprint Wine Tap opens on E Madison

Footprint Wine Tap — “Seattle’s first sustainable keg wine on tap bar” — is now open on Capitol Hill.

CHS first introduced you earlier this year to Seattle wine expert Kenneth Dillon and his plan to overhaul a shuttered E Madison beer tap concept into a new experiment in wine enjoyment and retail.

The sustainability-focused Footprint has set out to feature a wide selection of sustainably sourced, organic, or biodynamic wines from mostly local wineries with pours from kegs available on tap to cut down on waste and, some say, provide a better product. Continue reading

Composting Processes and Methods

Please join us for this one-hour composting course, which will provide an overview for those who wish to learn about the do’s and don’t’s to composting at home. In addition, it will offer effective ways to build compost bins in your own backyard for the added benefit of providing healthy soil amendments (i.e. compost to your garden). All are welcome, whether your experience is limited or more advanced, we have something to offer in sharing our knowledge on living more sustainably. Free, with a suggested $5 donation at the door.

Native Plant 101: Identification and Gardening

Come to UW’s Union Bay Natural Area to learn how to identify some of our native Washington plants!  We’ll cover several of our common native plants as well as their growth preferences and how to best incorporate them into your garden at home.  This class will include a walk around the Union Bay Natural Area to look at examples of native plants. Free, with a suggested $5 donation at the door.

Art and Nature: Seedlings and Watercolors

Learn about native seedling development and growth while also taking time to observe the individuality of our native plants by painting them with water colors!  We will cover how native seeds germinate and grow as well as have time to use water colors to catch the fine details of young native plants.  This class includes taking home a native plant seedling at the end of the class as well as any painting you make. Children are welcome, but class content will be geared towards an adult audience. Free, with a suggested $5 donation at the door.