Busy Hands Make Beautiful Things

For the past couple of months, our creative mother-daughter duo, Sharon Mansfield and Lisa Classon have been extra busy creating beautiful things for our store and for their classes. Sharon has been botanically dyeing men’s and women’s clothing with fantastic results:  The jagged edges of the leaf prints near the collar of the above shirt are such an […]

Month on Instagram: July 2015

What did we do this month? The lovely Melissa Arnold came to visit and taught her indigo workshop, which proved to have gorgeous results. Petunia the shop cat started to come by almost every day, and now spends the entire day with us when she visits. We had such a fun day with Marie Clark of Permanent […]

Naturally Inspired: Sharon’s Experiments in Botanical Dyeing

Sharon has been experimenting with botanical dyeing for years now, to the point that she has become an expert. It’s an all natural process that colors fabrics with the imprints of leaves and other botanical objects with the help of metal and steam. Over time Sharon has botanically imprinted fabric of all sorts, including those of […]

The Magic of Botanical Dye

Happy fall everyone! It’s Sharon writing to you today, and I am so thrilled about this post. I don’t think I have ever done any art form as exciting as botanical dyeing. The challenge of trying to find the right combination of mordant to metal pipe to metal pan to dye bath is always a […]

The CCO: Sharon Mansfield

While we at The Tin Thimble don’t really have “job titles”, it is safe to say that if we had to designate them, Sharon Mansfield (usually referred to as “mom”) would without a doubt be the Chief Creative Officer. In addition to teaching, she’s been botanical dyeing at home, she took a class with Melissa Arnold and […]

With Sticks and Leaves: Botanical Printing

Mom has a new class where students spend the day botanical printing clothing. She’s been whipping these gorgeous garments out for a few months now (more photos of those here, and to come in their own blog post) and her first class was a total success! Five of our ‘regulars’ took the class and they had a blast. […]

Dyeing with an E: Botanical Print Samples

Hello everyone! It’s Hannah writing to you today. A few weeks back, I spent the day with mom making botanical print samples. Having seen all the botanical printed items coming out of the shop I had oh, maybe, 348,597,150 questions about how it worked. Being the scientifically inclined person I am, I decided to set up […]