Last week I played again with indigo. If weather permits I’ll be teaching an indigo dyeing class Thursday.
I dyed napkins, bandanas, and several shirts for Dave and I.
Here I am removing the strings where I had tied up one of the shirts.
If you have never dyed with indigo, it is magical. When you remove your fabric from the dye pot, it is a yellow green. As the fabric comes in contacts with air, it turns blue. On the shirt below you can see what I mean. This shirt had been out in the air for over a half hour, but it was tied up. Once I untied it, the part that didn’t get to the air was still green.
Within a minute or less, that same shirt turned completely blue.
I was concerned it would be too dark, but after washing and drying it, I was quite happy with it.
Here is another one of my shirts. I really like the markings on this one.
I also dyed several shirts for Dave including these two. This first one turned out pretty classy.
This one definitely reminds me of the 60s.
Indigo is really lovely. You can dye with fiber reactive dyes and get close to the color, but there is something so special about indigo. Every session I dye with indigo just reminds me why I love it so much.
Here are closeup shots of three napkins.
I love, love, love the texture. If you’ve been thinking about indigo dyeing, please go ahead and try it. You won’t be disappointed, and you’ll end up with some lovely pieces.
Now to keep my fingers crossed for a good dyeing day for class on Thursday! Thanks for dropping by.
GREAT results Lynda.. really love the shirts and the variations make them really special.
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love all of these…the last napkin pattern is especially gorgeous!
it makes me want to get my pre-reduced indigo kit going…but I will be able to use it only for a day since it is now beginning to freeze at night…but it might be worth it for a day of dyeing!!
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Marsha, Thanks. I do love how the napkins turned out. Freezing at night already? Wow! It’s getting cold here too. I’m thinking about my next batch I’ll try to keep going and bring it inside. However, I was never good with keeping sourdough starters going so we’ll see!
Really terrific results and looks like it was a lot of fun to do. Good luck with the class!
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These are beautiful!
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Oh, I wish I could come to your class! I love indigo dyeing. Your shirts and napkins are just beautiful! Enjoy you class on Thursday.
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Love your dyeing adventures!!!
Nice work! I like how that first t-shirt turned out after it dried.
Jeannette, Thank you and it is so much fun!
Sherrie, Thank you!
Hi Diane, I sure wish you could come too! Thank you!
Mary Kay, Thank you! It’s so much fun!
Kathleen, Thank you. I, too, really liked how it turned out. It may be my favorite shirt so far. Thanks for dropping by.
Great pieces! I’ve haven’t tried indigo …. Yet. Thank you sharing.
Hi Karrie, It’s so much fun! Thanks for dropping by.