Our Blog

Goldenrod in Bloom

goldenrod, red deer, alberta

Wildflowers and natural dyeing are closely connected. This year’s blooming goldenrod provide the dye material for dyeing my wool yellow for the coming year.

Goldenrod provides a beautiful vibrant yellow, and is also a wonderful base coat for dyeing greens in combination with natural indigo.

Working with natural materials means each item you create has an interesting back story.


West Coast Coffee Sweaters

Our Coffee Sweaters have been an extremely popular item out on the west coast of British Columbia. They have proven to be a favourite item when someone is looking for a small gift or a treat for themselves.

Each Coffee Sweater is hand knit of Canadian produced and milled wool. Each piece is unique as they are handmade.

Currently Coffee Sweaters are available at Talisman Books and Gallery ( Pender Island, BC), and at Nest ( Cowichan Bay, Vancouver Island, BC). And of course you can always buy direct from us too ( plus we also do custom orders!).

Coffee and handmade make a great combination!


Also check us out on Instagram at @handmadeincanada for posts sharing all the new items being made.

Indigo Dyeing

indigo dyeing

Today I have a little indigo dyeing going on. I needed a light blue for a piece I have been commissioned to create, a blue to echo the Salish Sea. Indigo dyeing requires a lot of time and preparation. Yesterday I worked on creating the stock solution. Today was creating the working vat and then getting down to dyeing.

The first round of dyeing went quickly as it was light tones that I needed and light overdyes, with dips of 1-3 minutes in length. Now that I have the light tones completed, I am now focusing on darker tones on a few cotton pieces. Dyeing these require longer dye times, multiple dips,  with an oxidization period of 30 minutes in between each dip.

indigo dyeing and overdyes

Dyeing with natural indigo is always worth the work and preparation. The blues are always gorgeous and the overdyed yarn interesting.


@handmadeincanada on Instagram

Canadian Hat in Progress

Almost done. This maple leaf hat features yarn that has been naturally hand dyed in indigo and chamomile. Just a little bit of finishing to do and the hat will be available in our website shop.


Follow us on Instagram at @handmadeincanada or on Twitter  at @handmadecanada1 .

Ethically made, naturally dyed, Canadian made clothing.


Wool Count Day

Time to order more wool. It appears I have been using a lot of white and light grey recently. The wool I use is both produced and milled in Canada which adds a special feature to my Canadian knits.. Recently many of my knits have been inspired by the Cowichan style of knitting, but on a less bulky scale, which explains why I have used so much white and grey yarn. Definitely time for a wool order.


Instagram – @handmadeincanada

Twitter – @handmadecanada1

Day 16-28 – art and knitting of Opus Daily Practice

This post is “the rest of Opus Daily Practice”. A bit of traveling managed to happen at the end of this project which meant I was able to post to Instagram, but my cell phone data plan was unhappy with the usage needed for blogging. Below are the rest of the pieces created for the […]

via Opus Daily Practice – the rest of Opus – days 16 to 28 — Debra Hunter – Canadian photography, art and handmade

Opus Daily Practice ( days 12,13,14 and 15)

I’m a little bit behind on blogging about my Opus Daily Practice, so I thought I would do one multi day post instead. Day 12 – The theme was forest. I managed to finish off a painting based on a forest area in Kootenay National Park. I also worked away on a naturally dyed ear […]

via Opus Daily Practice – Days 12, 13, 14 and 15 — Debra Hunter – Canadian photography, art and handmade

Happy National Flag of Canada Day! – February 15th

“Canada Flag #1”

Happy National Flag of Canada Day! Our flag is 52 years old with the first flag being raised on February 15th , 1965. A pretty cool flag for a pretty cool country!


Canada Flag #1
ink on paper
by Debra Hunter




Ads belong to WordPress