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instagramWell we’ve been having fun for the last few days toying with Instagram, and fun it has been. It seems to be a fun and fast way to share what we are up to, especially works in progress. The latest Instagram entry will now show along the sidebar. You can also find us by clicking HERE. I hope you’ll follow us!

(Also if you are a Canadian artist, artisan, writer, musician or grower, you might want to check out the new project we are building. Our project is Handmade in Canada and can be found at www.handmade-canada.com .)

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Art, photography and handmade items by Debra Hunter
www.debra-hunter.com

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Fingerless Mitts – New Hand Knit Items – Handcrafted in Red Deer, Alberta (Canada)

blog fingerless mitts_9320A brand new pair of fingerless mitts has just been completed. The mitts are made of 100% Canadian produced wool that has been hand dyed in natural dyes (marigold and madder).

blog fingerless mitts_9323Four color stranded knitting makes for lively patterning and a bit of fun.

blog fingerless mitts_9315These fingerless mitts give an almost full thumb coverage, plus coverage to the beginning of the fingernails allowing for maximum warmth while still having fingertips available for texting or using a camera.

The past week has been great for knitting and crochet. I am working on some new home items plus building up a supply of Coffee Sweaters for either the next order or perhaps to finally get a shop up on-line, one of the goals for 2015.

Hand knit items by Debra Hunter
Studio H
Red Deer, AB and Pender Island, BC (Canada)

www.thehuntergroup.ca

Handmade in Canada.

 

New Coffee Sweaters Available at Sunworks (Red Deer, Alberta, Canada) – Handmade Canadian Gifts

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A new set of Coffee Sweaters has recently been delivered to Sunworks. These Coffee Sweaters are a great way to keep your coffee warm and your hands comfy. Each Coffee Sweater is made of Canadian produced wool that is milled in Alberta. The wool is then hand dyed in natural dyes and the Coffee Sweater is knit by hand. These are an awesome stocking stuffer or a great little gift to send in the mail as they are compact and unbreakable.

Sunworks is located on Ross Street in the heart of downtown Red Deer.

 

Coffee Sweaters are “handmade in Canada” by Debra Hunter

www.thehuntergroup.ca

More New Knitting – Knit Gift Items Made in Alberta, Canada

naturally dyed knittingI completed another order of naturally dyed and hand knit items this evening. Coffee Sweaters, Coffee Mug Sweaters, and Coffee Press Sweaters will be off on a journey to the Whyte Museum Shop in Banff, Alberta. These items are perfect for the upcoming gift giving season. This latest grouping contains a few pieces I absolutely love, and now someone enjoying the Rockies can enjoy them too.

 

Naturally hand-dyed and hand-knit items and gifts by Debra Hunter
Studio H
Red Deer, Alberta and Pender Island, British Columbia

www.thehuntergroup.ca

 

A New Batch is Done – New Knit Items

 christmas knitsA new batch of cozy knit Christmas ornaments has just been completed. This is another of my locally sourced and hand made items. They are made of locally milled wool that I hand-dye in natural dyes. The pictured ornaments have been dyed with cutch, lac, pomegranate, marigold, logwood and madder. All ornaments are hand-knit, and some even sport hand cut wood buttons. It is a nice way to add a little Canadiana to your holiday home decor.

I will have the details for purchase available soon plus an on-line shop will shortly be joining my website at www.thehuntergroup.ca. The ornaments are also available in batches suitable for wholesale purchase. They are a nice item for shops featuring Alberta, British Columbia or Canadian produced items.

 

Handcrafted knit items by Debra Hunter
Studio H
Red Deer, Alberta and Pender Island, British Columbia, Canada

www.thehuntergroup.ca

New colors!

Three days of indigo dyeing means new colors are about to appear in my knit items and stitched art pieces. Here is a preview of what is to come:

cotton dyed in indigo

cotton dyed in indigo

This skein of yarn, which is approximately a half a kilometer in length, I have plans to knit into an infinity scarf.

wool dyed in indigo

wool dyed in indigo

The wool yarn is slated to become coffee sweaters and perhaps a new item or two that are in the planning stages.

cotton gauze dyed in indigo

cotton gauze dyed in indigo

This scarf is nice and wide and long. It looks fabulous wrapped so I think I will be keeping it for myself. I will definitely be dyeing more scarves in the very near future. I also dyed a few pieces of cotton in a similar style to mix with block printing. Interesting projects to come in the future.

If you are interested in seeing how this was done you can click HERE . The process is pretty interesting.

Dyeing by Debra Hunter
Studio H
Red Deer, AB, Canada
www.thehuntergroup.ca

Another Trial Bracelet

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This bracelet is another one of my naturally dyed experiments. The cotton thread has been hand-dyed in natural dyes of cutch, madder and marigold. The bracelet was then tied with one continuous piece of cotton thread. I like the look of the bracelet, but tying a wide bracelet with a continuous piece of cotton is a very time consuming affair. The width of the bracelet is nice, and the fit is comfortable. This is definitely a design to continue exploring.

Bracelet by Debra Hunter
www.thehuntergroup.ca

Testing New Things

I have been trying a few new things with the bracelets recently. With this bracelet I am trying new materials. Previously I was using cotton threads to construct the bracelets, but this time I decided to try something new and go with SILK.

 silk bracelet - lac & logwood

This bracelet is made of hand-dyed silk thread that I have naturally dyed in lac and logwood. I then hand tie hundreds of small knots to make the bracelets. A few glass beads are added for embellishment. Silk, being a protein fibre, opens up a whole new range of colors for the bracelets, plus it is just a little bit of luxury having the bracelet made of silk.

 silk bracelet - lac & logwood I am also testing a different fastening system. Previously I had been using recycled buttons but I thought I would also try clasps as an option. It is a little more refined which suits the silk.

The great thing about testing new things is I get to keep the bracelet for myself. If the bracelet will hold up to my wear I know it will be good for others. I’m not exactly the most “careful” person. So far the bracelet has already passed the “smushed Play-doh test”…..a little wash and it was good to go. Tonight I will see if it survives Power Yoga.

Driftwood Bracelet #3 – bracelet by Debra Hunter

 driftwood bracelet 3 front   Driftwood Bracelet #3

Hand dyed in; logwood, cutch and madder

Materials: cotton thread, glass beads, driftwood, recycled button

Size: 5.25″, 6.25″ and 7″ fastening loops to fit different sized wrists

Price: $25.00 CAD

My children are always collecting driftwood when we spend time on the coast of British Columbia, Canada. After finding bits of driftwood in ever pocket and nook and cranny of our home I set out to find a use for these tiny pieces of wood. The result was the Driftwood Bracelet. This bracelet’s band is completely hand dyed  with natural dyes and then hand tied with a construction of hundreds of tiny knots. It is nice to create a natural, environmentally conscious, and locally made item. Each of these items are completely unique.

Keep watching the blog for the next version of the bracelet which involves naturally dyed silk.

For more information on purchase of this bracelet, please contact Debra Hunter at www.thehuntergroup.ca .