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Dark Woods is the first book of many- it is a record of process. Knitting patterns, natural dye recipes, and brilliant photos.
Dark Woods is the first book of many- it is a record of process. Knitting patterns, natural dye recipes, and brilliant photos.
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We hit our initial goal on Sunday April 27th! This means that the photographer and designer will be paid for their work upfront (local artists being paid a fair wage is a magical thing!), and that the initial publishing costs of the book will be covered! 

Stretch Goal:

If I can make it to $3000 by the end date I will put out another (smaller) book about my adventures this summer. This summer my partner and I are adventuring into the unknown, and my plan was to create a personal journal about the experience and do small dye samples along the way. 

If I can hit this stretch goal, I will be able to put out this small book about adventure, dye gathering, and the thoughts in my head. 

This is a special thing for me as the sketchbooks I typically write are never seen by others- this past autumn my partner and I cleared out 50 of my journals by having a mass controlled burn of them at a fire pit beside a river. 

This is another way of sharing secrets

To Find The Dark And Mysterious-

Dark woods is the first of a series of books that are textile based, but have a broader message of clothing security.

This first book will contain knitting patterns that use naturally dyed yarns from We Will Tell You All Of Our Secrets. It will also have the natural dye recipe used to dye the naturally dyed yarn- it will tell our secrets. 

The dyes will be harvested from the landbase that I live in, and I will explain how and why I harvest the dyes I use. (And what time of the year they are used!) I adventure both in the woods as well as in the city, and you will learn how to find things to harvest in both.

Things Of Beauty-

Dark Woods is also a 'lookbook' of sorts as the photos are being shot by Amanda B of Brutally Beautiful Photography,

Photo by Brutally Beautiful
Photo by Brutally Beautiful

and the layout and design will be by Angela Rabideau.

These two women are great friends of mine that inspire my work- I am a terribly lucky person to have them working on this with me!

And thank you to Arlin Ffrench for making the video, and to Scotty Boe for sound on this- most special people.

Why Kickstarter?

My reason for this kickstarter is to raise money for the initial printing cost of Dark Woods, but also to pay my photographer and designer before the book comes out! We will be doing the shooting for the photos in May- the layout will happen in the summer and....

When Does Dark Woods Come Into The World?

Dark woods is being released at Knit City in Vancouver! It is happening at the start of October in 2014- and I am really excited that this is where it will launch!

Life After Dark Woods-

The patterns and recipes for Dark Woods are ready- it is now just a matter of having it come into the real world.

The proceeds made from the Dark Woods book will go into making the next book, and then next after that!

Photo by Brutally Beautiful
Photo by Brutally Beautiful

Reward Photos-

1" Buttons

One Inch Buttons!
One Inch Buttons!

Cotton Hankies

Cotton Hankies
Cotton Hankies

Silk Scarves

Silk Scarves
Silk Scarves

Tool Kits

Tool Kits
Tool Kits

Yarns

Naturally Dyed Yarns
Naturally Dyed Yarns

Risks and challenges

Risks?
I suppose it will be getting the book out there by the due date. I am going to be surrounded by Amanda and Angela working on this with me through the summer.
I have never put out a book before- so this is a learning place for me!

Also the challenge of coming up with the next book! I have ideas brewing!

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    You get an instant film photograph (taken with a Polaroid camera- using Impossible Project film) that is of the woods and landbase that I live in. I take these photographs when out wild-crafting. They are one of a kind, and very dear to me.

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    A 19"X19" (approx size) cotton hanky. It will be naturally dyed in the eco-print method. Each hanky is hand bundled with natural dyes individually- each is individual and lovely!
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    One skein of naturally dyed yarn from We WIll Tell You All Of Our Secrets. It will be a color chosen by me, and it will be either dk, worsed, or aran weight yarn. A super surprise!
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    A 29"X29" silk scarf (approx size). It will be naturally dyed in the eco-print method. Each scarf is hand bundled with natural dyes individually- each is individual and lovely!
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    One yard of 100% silk that has been naturally dyed in the eco-print method. It will have unfinished edges, and will be ready for you to make something with! Are you a maker of things from fabric? This is for you!!

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    A textile tool kit!
    Each kit contains a tin filled with:
    -10 sheets of tiny graph paper
    -A small pencil
    -A beeswax birthday candle (in case of a birthday emergency!)
    -A naturally dyed pouch containing a tiny pair of scissors
    -A smaller tin with 10 stitch markers and 10 pins
    -A tiny crystal from my personal collection
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    A hand bound book of secrets.
    I will be making these small books by hand- they will be written and bound by me, and no two will be alike. They will contain drawings and secrets from my heart, and will be dear and special to me. A personal gift for you!
    They will be approximately 4"X6" and have at least 10 pages.

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    10 Skeins of naturally dyed yarn- all from the same dye lot. These will be dyed with a mix of exotic plant dyes, as well as locally harvested dyes. The color will be a surprise to you, but I promise it to be lovely!

    The yarns will be either fingering, DK, Worsted, or Aran weight- If this is something you get, please send me a message as to what weight you desire!

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    A shawl pattern that is private and one of a kind.
    I will write a shawl pattern just for you.
    It will be laid out like my newer patterns (see my Ravelry profile http://www.ravelry.com/designers/caitlin-ffrench )
    These are one of a kind. They will not be released to the world- you will be the only person sent the PDF. The only people who will see it will be myself, you, and whomever you share your PDF copy with.
    It will remain unreleased forever- I will not publish it in print, and I ask that you do not sell the pattern... it is just yours to give as a gift to your friends!

    This is the PDF only- not the shawl itself.

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    The first copy of Dark Woods- printed on beautiful paper, and hand bound by me. They will be a limited edition, and numbered- there will only be 5 of these made.
    These will be the only hand bound copies of Dark Woods.
    They will be delivered the week of Knit City (October 2014)

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