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.
It has been almost a year since I last posted here. I get so busy, doing what I don’t know what! But busy none the less. I have been traveling along with Jude Hill over at Spirit Cloth as she revisits “Sun Moon Stars” from long ago. I haven’t started any new cloth tales on this journey but I did pull out my Winter Solstice Cloth from three years ago with the hope of making some new progress.
This morning I was catching up on Jude’s posts and I started doodling a couple constellation ideas. Mind you I have never been gifted at transcribing my ideas to paper (I draw most pathetically) but I did want to capture them before I stepped away to the bus-i-ness of the day.
The idea of a personal constellation made me think of sigil making. I might like to play with this notion a little more, thinking of star placement and connection. This one may be a bit too complicated for the idea of a constellation, or not? And then there is always the hand to consider? A hand full of stars?
But for now it is off to the business of the day and then work on some more nui shibori to go into the indigo vat for holiday gifts.