Tuesday, June 24, 2014
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!
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 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!
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!
These two pieces are the lawn, I plan to use them for clothes!
The rest of the pieces will go into a big picnic quilt along with the pieces I dyed last year!
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.
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!