With another Indigo workshop happening this weekend, I made up a new brew, and tested it for colour, and tried out a few what-ifs.
Here are three scarves I chose to overdye, ones which for some reason didn’t quite make the grade for selling at markets.
Ready to go – L to R – large pink, large orange/green and fuschia metallic.
And after dyeing –
Unclamped before opening
After rinsing and ironing
Orange scarf before opening
Opened and resting on gravel
Rinsed and ironed
Lovely fan design on end
Fuschia metallic scarf has horizontal stripes
The what-if experiment –
Having carefully removed each bundle from the vat into a large bowl, I had carried them outside to unwrap and hang. As the bowl had quite an amount of greenish liquid in it, I thought what if I put another bundle in the bowl to soak up the liquid, if it doesn’t work, no harm done and I’ll know that the liquid isn’t viable.
But wow – this is what happened to a small orangey silk scarf –
Was plain orange/scarlet now beautiful mottled orange/green/yellow.
There might not have been much indigo left in the dregs, but the result really is something.
Now I’m off to try it again. 🙂
The first class for 2016 will be a repeat of the Indigo Dyeing class. Next Saturday 9 January, 9.30 to 4pm-ish. We don’t need to worry about the weather as the roof is over the deck at last, working outside is so much better now than it was.
Email me for a list of requirements.
If you have done this workshop before, you will know the procedure, so you can have your fabrics already prepared – stitched, tied, banded, clamped etc.
Remember you can use any fabric for this type of dyeing.
Here are a couple of samples from previous times.
Indigo dyed silk scarf
Summer time is a great time for indigo.
If you’re interested, please leave a comment and I’ll get back to you with more details.
Cheers, keep smiling. 🙂