Author Archives: Laura Sansone

Thank You For Crafting With Us!

Many thanks to everyone who helped Textile Lab felt together two amazing textiles to give to the farmers at Garden Of Eve and Norwich Meadows Farm. The farms bartered food in exchange for handcrafted textiles at the Unsold Supper Event on Saturday. The feast was incredible… it was an amazing end to a beautiful day at the market!

Textile Lab At “Unsold Supper” Event Tomorrow 9/15

Join Textile Lab tomorrow Saturday September 15th from 4-6 with our friends from  Our Goods to engage, create and feast at the “Unsold Supper” Event. We will be felting gifts to give to the farmers using local, naturally dyed fiber! 

Please see our revised Greenmarket schedule below for September, October and November. Textile Lab will be visiting Brooklyn Borough Hall Greenmarket on September 29th.

September 15th– Union Square/ Unsold Supper Event

Sept 29th– Brooklyn Borough Hall


October 20th– Tribeca

October 28th– 79th Street


November 3rd– Tucker Square

November 18th– Carroll Gardens

photo, top: Laura Sansone

photo, bottom: E. T. Jones

Colors Found At Tompkins Square Park Market!

We made dyes last week at the Tompkins Square Market with sage and radish tops from Acevedo Farm, Pine Island, NY. Below are the colors and pictures from the market. Please join us this Saturday 9/15 [UPDATED: at the Union Square Greenmarket]. We will be there from 3pm-6pm creating dyes and  spinning local, naturally dyed fiber!


Radish Top

Radish Top



Textile Lab: Color palette from Greenpoint, Brooklyn

At the Greenpoint Greenmarket we created dyes with rosemary and cilantro from Osczepinski Farm, Goshen, NY. Farmer Joe from Healthway Farms gave us some red cabbage to make dye with! Here is the color palette:



Below are pictures from our visit:



Textile Lab Visits Fort Greene Park In Brooklyn!

We had a successful visit to the Greenmarket at the Fort Greene Park last Saturday. We made dye with  marigolds from Rexcroft Farms in Athens NY, carrot tops from Conuco Farm in New Paltz NY and mint from J Glebocki Farms LLC.

We also met many people from the Fort Greene neighborhood. There were many questions about the natural dye process, and inquiries about where to buy the gorgeous local fiber we had with us. Check out the pictures below. Don’t forget to join us this coming Saturday August 25th at the McCarren Park Greenmarket. Textile Lab will be there from 10am-3pm.

Inwood Welcomes Textile Lab

The community at Inwood includes many people who are interested in sustainability and the environment.  Many visitors stopped by Textile Lab to learn about natural dyes. We created dyes with sunflowers and eucalyptus from J Glebocki Farms, Orange County NY.

Mariko Hashimoto visited the lab. Mariko is a licensed Aromatherapist and Esthetician who lives in Inwood where she practices her aromatherapy and creates scents from plants:

We were stationed next to the stand of Hudson Valley Duck farm, where Ruby, who works the stand, offered fiber information to visitors. Ruby is a long time resident of Inwood and a fiber fanatic!

Join us this saturday 8/18 at the Fort Greene Park Greenmarket in Brooklyn. We will be there from 10am-4pm with yarns dyed with sunflower and eucalyptus!

Mariko, Ruby and Laura talking about the color and aroma of plants




Textile Lab Back On The Road for 2012!

Textile Lab will be visiting the GrowNYC Greenmarkets starting Saturday August 11th! We will be at the Inwood market from 10am-3pm harvesting plants and flowers to make dyes and spinning local wool. Check out our schedule to see when the lab will be at  your neighborhood Greenmarket!

                    Textile Lab Greenmarket Schedule August-­‐November 2012

  August 11th-­Inwood

August 18th-­‐Fort Greene Park

August 25th-­‐Greenpoint McCarren Park

Sept 2nd-­‐ Tomkins Square Park

Sept 9th– Columbia

September 15th-­‐Brooklyn Borough Hall

Sept 29th-­‐Union Square

October 6th-­‐Tribeca

October 13th-­-Grand Army Plaza

October 20th-­‐Socrates Sculpture Park

October 28th-­‐79th Street

November 3rd-­‐Tucker Square

November 18th-­‐Caroll Gardens

Textile Lab at New Green City

The Textile Lab visited the New Green City event sponsored by GrowNYC  Union Square. We parked next to the City Atlas crew, and made dyes with eucalyptus and cabbage from the greenmarket. We met Johanna from Herbal Garden of East NY. See her pictured below sporting her hand knitted coat and hat!


Textile Lab In Brooklyn

The lab will be at two locations this Saturday 10/8. We will be at the Greenpoint market in Mc Carren Park from 10am-2pm, and then we will be going to Smorgasburg on the Williamsburg waterfront from 3-5. Come see us create natural dyes, and spin! We will have yarn and products for sale.

Socrates Greenmarket


A trip to the greenmarket at Socrates Sculpture Park is a great way to spend a Saturday…nature, art and fresh local produce. We took advantage of the vegetable and flower offerings from J. Glebocki and Lucky Dog Farms. Dyes were made from sunflower, zinnia, fennel and onion skins!






Read About Textile Lab/ Inhabitat

Check out the article written on Inhabitat about the Textile Lab Projects:

Below are pictures of Textile Lab with Parsons students at Union Square last Monday:

Making dyes

Houria visited our lab and showed us how she learned to spin and card in her homeland of Algeria

A visitor named Tasmi demonstrated Tibetan spinning and made us a drawing of a traditional Tibetan spindle

Parsons student Ariel Patterson explains our project to some visitors who are hearing impaired through sign language

Composting the plant material that we used to make the dyes

We showed visitors how to spin