Natural Dyes Podcast with Kathy Hattori of Botanical Colors

Gist Yarn & Fiber’s Podcast
Episode 33: Natural Dyes with Kathy Hattori of Botanical Colors

This week on the podcast, I’m talking to Kathy Hattori the founder of Botanical Colors. Botanical colors supplies artisans and the textile industry with the materials and knowledge to dye textiles in a way that uses less water, is non-toxic and bio-degradable. They sell beautiful high-quality natural dyes for weavers and makers. Kathy and I had a lovely and wide-reaching conversation about why she’s so passionate about natural dyes, how she thinks about ethics and sustainability in sourcing, her tips for weavers who want to try out dyeing for the first time, and so much more. Comment below to continue the conversation!

New Tapestry Classes announced at Joan Griffin Tapestry

Hello Fellow Guild Members…

The new year is the time we think about our creative directions and new ideas for the coming year. I am offering several tapestry sessions for anyone who is interested.
I think it is important to have a good foundation in the basics of tapestry weaving so that a student can then move on to a more personal expression using the techniques they have learned. The classes are held in a friendly, learning atmosphere in my studio in order to see a working studio as well as the opportunity to try various types and sizes of tapestry looms. Students also have access to a large library of tapestry books, different kinds of yarns and various approaches to designing.


The 2 day class concentrates on the basic techniques of tapestry weaving on a portable loom. We cover the basics of tapestry weaving such as warping the loom, finishing and various design shaping techniques. Tapestry weaving is a unique , timeless technique but can be adapted in a multitude of colorful ways to the challenges of contemporary designs. Each student will take home a tapestry sampler they completed during the weekend for future reference. Students may also take their loom home to continue work for a few weeks and then easily ship back to me if not local. Classes are 10-4 on Sat. and 10 – 4 on Sunday. $198 for both days and all supplies included. A student only needs to bring lunch each day. No previous tapestry experience is necessary. The classes are very very small so that each person has the necessary personal attention. contact me via email to register in advance (

Dates for early winter and spring:
February 3/4 or April 7/8 or June 2/3.

Consider trying tapestry!

Joan Griffin
Charlottesville VA