The Janice Ford Memorial Dye Garden Dedication is August 22–it seems appropriate to revisit her colors and fabrics this month by adding this page to the RMWG web page.
The feature photo this month honors Janice Ford and her gorgeous fabric for a woven jacket constructed from her hand-dyed yarn. Her dyeing, weaving and sewing were an important part of her life and she was very talented at all three. An engineer by profession, Janice used her skills to create a broad range of stunning colors in dyeing her yarns. One wall in her home studio was decorated with yarns dyed in the full spectrum of colors. This wall would stop a weaver in his or her tracks to simply take it all in.
Her talents working with colors won Janice recognition in Heather Thomas’s “A Fiber Artist’s Guild to Color and Design”. Three of her wall hangings appear in the book, Woven Windows, Sunrise and Marsh Dawn (pages 106, 182 and 183). A description of how Janice wove and blended her colors is provided as well. Within RMWG, Janice started a study group on how to sew handwoven clothes. She also helped with the sale committee in its early years.
To celebrate the creative and fabulous weaving and dyeing of Janice Ford, Janice’s family is funding the upcoming summer workshops on dyeing. Janice, a member of RMWG, passed away in late 2011.