|White cotton knit (left): medallions rubber banded. Tan decorators' gauze|
was tied lengthwise in knots. Yellow cotton with previously dye printed
orange stripes and dyed section was scrunched in a ball with rubber bands.
|Indigo dyed cotton knit with bottom portion discharged.|
(any discharge agent works)
|Cotton boucle yarn on left |
took up the dye very quickly.
|Pris Lynch with tie-dyed shirt and fabric just|
|Sue Vegter's piece after being untied.|
The interesting thing about pre-reduced indigo is the use of Thiox which is a discharge agent. It takes out the fabric's color (if colored) and then puts in the blue. So starting with a colored fabric brings wonderful and serendipitous results.
All manner of techniques are possible from Japanese shibori sewn or rubber banded techniques, to solid colors. If a dark blue is desired, allow the fabric to completely oxidize and dry, then redip the fabric in the vat. Continue this until the darkness of blue is achieved. As spring arrives here in West Michigan, I'm praying that we'll have a warm, sunny day on May 4!