Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Indigo Dyeing

Indigo Dyeing
Happy Tuesday! I'm trying really hard to be a good blogger this summer.  I'm really just trying to create better habits about all kinds of things. Finding a routine makes me happy, so I've upped the planning side of things over here. I actually mapped out a whole month of blog posts, and I'm doing my best to stick to it! Hopefully I can keep it up.  Hold me to it if I don't!

Today I want to share a recent indigo dyeing session! A group of us had our annual cabin sewing weekend this month, and we tried to do another indigio dye vat.  Something went wrong and the dye didn't take very well. So of course I immediately ordered a new kit and re-dyed everything last week! It went much smoother this time! 

Indigo Dyeing
Having already experimented with indigo shibori dyeing last summer, I knew a little better about what works, and what I like.  So for the resists this time, I focused more on "tie-dye" looking effects, with more of the fabric exposed.  I dyed more cotton/linen blend and also some cotton lawn. 

Indigo Dyeing
Indigo dyeing is sort of magical.  When the pieces come out of the dye bath they are neon green! As they get exposed to oxygen they slowly turn deep blue. It's so fun to watch them change!

Indigo Dyeing
I dyed in the back yard behind our apartment.  It wasn't ideal, but it worked! I'm sure my neighbors thought I was crazy!

Indigo Dyeing
Indigo Dyeing
These two pieces are the lawn, I plan to use them for clothes!

Indigo Dyeing
Indigo Dyeing
Indigo Dyeing
Indigo Dyeing
The rest of the pieces will go into a big picnic quilt along with the pieces I dyed last year!

IMG_4949
This time I also tried dyeing some yarn! I dyed two skeins of worsted and a skein of sock yarn. I'm hoping to tie the picnic quilt with the sock yarn!

I bought my un-dyed yarn from Wool2dye4.com.

Indigo Dyeing
I dyed a few other things including a tote bag, some cotton dobby fabric and some white on white prints.  It was so much fun! I'm hoping to do another batch later this summer, I want to dye a giant piece for the picnic quilt backing!

11 comments:

  1. I love every piece! Looks so beautiful and must be fun to do and see the results. x Teje

    ReplyDelete
  2. OMG The clothes will look so cool! I want to do this for my bff's birthday, I was thinking of making her pajamas and how cool would this be?

    ReplyDelete
  3. Isn't dyeing great fun?! I do enjoy fabric dyeing, though I haven't tried indigo (yet!!). You've got some lovely fabrics from this, I'm sure they will make lovely clothes, and a wonderful quilt!

    ReplyDelete
  4. So fun! Can't wait to see what you do with them!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Love them all. They are so pretty.

    ReplyDelete
  6. You are so creative! I love how much variety with design and shade you have done with all the pieces. Can't wait to see what you make with them.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Rosemary B here:
    This looks super cool Jeni.
    Now that you did the dying. How color fast is this? Do you have to rinse with another product?
    I love Rit Dye lol. I used to do a lot of tie dye in High school - like 100 years ago :-D
    These turned out beautiful

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. ~~ and the neighbors? meh.
      They pretty much know you are cool already.
      They are probably inside taking notes

      Delete
    2. It is colorfast! You just wash it with regular detergent in warm water!

      Delete
  8. Beautiful! I love this color. Dyeing is a rather satisfying project if you can go in without any expectations on results. I learned this the hard way.

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for keeping this blog a positive place, I appreciate the time you're taking to leave a comment! I'll answer all questions here in the comments section!