Latte II

I am really liking the coffee colors that are coming from my used coffee grounds!  I do have to leave them in the dye bath for quite awhile, but it’s well worth it.  The color variations are largely dependent on fabric type–silk vs. organza vs. bamboo–but I don’t mind that all.

Coffee dyed Itajime on silk
Coffee dyed Itajime on silk

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Brett Barker

Brett Barker is a painter, textile artist, art/design instructor, and writer whose career spans more than 25 years. Originally from New Mexico, she now resides in Redondo Beach, California. She has taught fine art, artistic design, and textile design to numerous individuals, art guilds, and organizations throughout the U.S. She has a Master's Degree in Art Education from the University of Nebraska. Her artwork sells throughout the U.S. and is available on her website, She is currently undertaking a year-long investigation of Japanese shibori dyeing that will culminate in a trip to Japan to study under a master shibori artist in September of 2016. Her shibori blog can be found at Her surface and textile designs can be found at

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