Thursday, May 23, 2013

Indigo Dyeing - Part 1

Our indigo dyeing day on Sat., May 4, 2013, produced an incredible
array of fabrics, yarn, clothing, roving, felted wool and more.
Jonetta's felted wool pieces.
 Julie's finished shirt on the line.
The rocks and rubber bands off Julie's shirt. You
can see the rocks bulging on the line in the pix below.

Even though we were worried all week that the weather would be rainy and cold, it ended up a gloriously sunny and warm day.  We started at 10am and two die-hards left at 5:30pm.  We had six people dyeing and two who came to watch and inspire us.  There was a lot of variety in the depth of color (2-3 seconds at the beginning gave a very dark blue; pretty much in and out fast), the type of fabric (wool felt, cotton yarn, wool roving, clothing--mostly tops, bright reds and pink fabric as well as of course white, yellows), resists (rubber banded stones, lots of tiny tiny stitching by Lou, big stitching, pole wrapped arashi shibori, even knotted pieces) or no resists, just immersion dyed.

Bethany's shirt went
from this....

...to this!

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