Indigo Dyeing

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Indigo Dyeing Results by Jeni Baker
Indigo Dyeing Results, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
Happy Wednesday! It's been a bit of a quiet week so far, but for good reason! I just spent an amazing weekend sewing and crafting with friends (Anna, Deedee, Faith, Holly and Jacey)! We rented a cabin in Mt. Horeb, WI, where we ate, sewed, and experimented with indigo dyeing! I'll share more on the weekend soon, but I couldn't wait to share the results of our dyeing!

I have wanted to try indigo dyeing for a long time, and have actually had a kit for years, waiting for the right time.  Thankfully Deedee, Holly and Jacey were excited to try it too, so this weekend was the perfect opportunity!  (This is the kit we used.)

Deedee's husband was so kind to make us wooden resist shapes to try out Shibori dyeing! I also purchased a set of acrylic circle resists from Rossie.  We had a lot of fun just getting the fabrics ready and the resists in place.  My favorite piece to prepare involved using small rocks secured with rubber bands. It took a while, but was worth it!

You can see which resists created which prints here in my dyeing photoset.

Indigo Dyeing by Jeni Baker
Indigo Dyeing, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
We followed the directions in the kit as best we could and sure enough, it worked!

Indigo Shibori Dyeing by Jeni Baker
Indigo Shibori Dyeing, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
When the pieces first come out of the indigo bath they are green! They slowly turn blue as the oxygen hits them.

Indigo Dyeing by Jeni Baker
Indigo Dyeing, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
Jacey unwrapping one of her pieces! That was the best part for sure, it was like Christmas seeing what each pieced was like!

I dyed mostly white linen and a few other things, here are a some of my favorite pieces:

Indigo Shibori - Rocks by Jeni Baker
Indigo Shibori - Rocks, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
This is the piece that was secured the rocks.  It creates a wonderful ring design.  I think I'm going to use this for a tank!

I wish I had used a larger piece of fabric for this resist, it turned out so cool!

This piece was created with the popsicle sticks.  We learned pretty early on that leaving a bit more fabric outside of the resist gives you more blue.  I felt like we learned a ton just doing this once!

Indigo Dyeing by Jeni Baker
Indigo Dyeing, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
I had a white scoop tee that I was not wearing at all, so I thought it would be fun to dye it! It turned out really evenly, but still has some interesting texture!

Indigo Dyeing by Jeni Baker
Indigo Dyeing, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
Finally, one of my other favorites, I picked up this interested cotton (with dots!) at Joanns the night before we dyed.  I can't wait to cut it up for a dress or top!

Indigo Dyeing Results
Indigo Dyeing Results, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
Here is all of our pieces together! We had such a great time playing around with indigo!

For lots more photos of this indigo adventure, see here.  I cannot wait to experiment with natural dyeing again! I've already picked up Wild Color by Jenny Dean, and it has me even more excited!

16 comments :

  1. Fantastic Jeni! I love every piece and all the textures are so exiting and beautiful!

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  2. What fun designs you came up with! Love the indigo too :)

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  3. very cool! i've been wanting to try indigo but haven't gotten to it yet. has the dye crocked much?

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  5. These turned out beautifully! Bookmarking this for a late summer day ;)

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  6. oh I love all of these!!! so great. wish I would have given it a try! next time, right?! I cannot wait to see what you make with these, maybe you have made something already!! :)

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  7. Perfect!! What a marvelous weekend!!

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  8. You got some very cool pieces! What a fun kit to work with. My daughter is going to teach me the art of hand dying in a week or two...I am so excited to learn her surface design techniques!

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  9. Very cool. I have a dye kit with green dye. I might have to break it out and give this a try. Best to do it in the warm weather, so it can be outside.

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  10. I want to dye more! It was such a fun day. I think your popsicle stick piece is one of my favorites from the day! And the pebbles, of course.

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  11. Wow, what a gorgeous transformation! I bet you guys really enjoyed this activity. I really adore the teamwork you guys have. And the outcome is really fantastic! Hope to see more cool and vibrant colors to dye! Thanks a lot for the inspiration. I might try this out. See ya!


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  12. Wow! So amazing! That sounded like a wonderful weekend!

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