Stitched a small sigil-constellation from a recent scribble over the moon in an indigo sky.
Inspired by THIS!
Sunday I was finally able to do some indigo dyeing. This was my second vat at home using pre-reduced indigo I bought at last year’s Quilt Festival in Houston from Pro Chemical and Dye. I was able to take a shibori class at the Festival from Glennis Dolce which was my initiation into the world of indigo. There is much for me to learn. I try not to become paralyzed by the fear of failure since I can’t really learn anything if I don’t put my hand to it and give it a go. There is a chemistry to indigo. It may actually be simpler than I imagine it to be, but it is magical and mysterious to me. I hope to one day keep a fermentation indigo vat but the purist in me wishes to actually grow the indigo first, this is not happening for me yet. Here are a few pictures.
I love how soft this shirt is and how the indigo already has a weathered look.
Ok, so things I think I learned this time:
I was inspired by Jude at Spirit Cloth to add one more item to my shibori play, a shibori constellation. A little Sun Moon Stars fun! It was a last minute impulse and it turned out better than I expected. I lost one leg of stitches in the process though, this was done on flour-sack toweling which has a rather loose weave and it appears my knot pulled through between two “stars”.
Since several items I dyed were gifts I ran everything through a wash in Synthrapol. I don’t want the recipients having a problem with the indigo crocking!
Indigo is still beautiful and mysterious to me. I love how it wears with the cloth, showing how the thing was lived with, giving it a sense of time. I hope I never tire of this magical blue.