Author Archives: mltai

natural dyeing, pokeweed

Pokeweed, also known as Pokeberry (Phytolacca Americana), a perennial plant that grows up to 6-8 feet in height. Like most weed, it is a hardy plant that can withstand poor soil conditions and is considered a pest in some parts … Continue reading

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finally

After a short break, I am back finally!  These past months, I had been busy with other activities and hobbies. I’d taken a workshop about the process of soap making and have been churning up batches of recipes in a … Continue reading

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poinsettia

This flowering plant with its large leaf-shape bracts in colors of red, white, or pink; with a yellow pistil in the center of the colored bracts makes a beautiful Christmas decorations around the house. The actual flowers, or cyathium of the … Continue reading

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in the news

A writer from a local newspaper wants to write an article featuring Obovate Designs. I am flattered and honored for this wonderful exposure. The article will be in print tomorrow in Tri-Valley Times. Below is the link that you can read … Continue reading

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sell, sell, sell

In October, I blogged that I was invited to participate as a vendor for the following community craft shows in November: Craft Fest in Bedford Gallery; and Mistletoe Madness. Both the events were well curated with a variety of different artwork … Continue reading

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busy as a bee

I am excited to be selected as a vendor at the Bedford Gallery Craft Fest event this November 7th and 8th. Following the Craft Fest, I will at the Mistletoe Madness show in San Leandro (November 28). I have plenty of … Continue reading

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colors of nature

This was last summer’s solar dyeing project that I had forgotten. The marked jars are tucked neatly in rows inside the wheelbarrow where I had left them last summer. Already, the spiders and critters have made a home for themselves … Continue reading

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indigo dyed dress

This is the dress made from a fabric that was dyed and contact printed with botanicals and then pre-cut for a dress,  as described in last week’s post; “before and after“. This past weekend I assembled the dress that you see below. I love … Continue reading

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before and after

In this post, I am sharing with you a two-step process using a plain silk fabric that was first dyed blue in indigo vat dye; and then contact printed the dyed fabric with plant materials to create an interesting design … Continue reading

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TGIF, friday’s necktie

Many companies have casual Fridays, if you still feel the need to wear a tie, this is the tie to wear. Trust me, no one else will be sporting a tie like this and the women at work will be … Continue reading

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