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Indigo Dreams

June 25, 2016

Dana Webb, natural dyer and textile designer just taught a 2 day Indigo Dye Workshop at our center – Indigo Dreams. This blog  was written by Barbara Gilbert, Liz Cooper and Penny Peters. I (Gail Harker) have edited it and added more photos.. 

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“Who is going to write a blog?” asked Gail.  ….  None of the six students spoke up in answer to her question; we were all silently stitching our Shibori designs and dreaming of the blue colors to come.  We spent the first day of this workshop stitching a number of stitch-resist and shibori techniques on white cotton and linen.  We learnt about the fascinating history of the use of indigo and the textile industry.

Dipping less for light color

Dipping less for light color

The next morning, we mixed up the indigo extract in a quart canning jar.  Dana taught us how to set up a dye pot heating the water in a stainless steel pot before adding the extract. While waiting for the dye pot to be ready we used other novel methods of folding, wrapping and clamping to create patterned resists on our samples.

tyeing fabrics around a tube

tyeing fabrics around a tube

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Dana made the dye solution quite strong.  We could easily see the results of one, two, three or four dips into the dye. Some people chose to dip so that they achieved the highest contrast between the lovely blue indigo and the crisp white.

P1020857crp1 I chose not to dye so heavily so that I could experiment adding stitch that hopefully will not be overwhelmed by the blue and white patterning.

working the dye pots

working the dye pots

too clean to be dyeing

too clean to be dyeing

sneaking a peek at the resist

sneaking a peek at the resist

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At the end of the day, we unwrapped our precious bundles and marvelled at the variety of texture, shape and line designs that we created!

beautiful samples

beautiful samples

Every student achieved excellent results!

indigo clothesline at the end of 2 days

indigo clothesline at the end of 2 days

We were quite excited with our results as they hung on the clothes rack.

Gail and Dana have a look at the results

Gail and Dana have a look at the results

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Thanks to Dana Webb.  She is a very personable tutor with a great knowledge of natural dyes.

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What a lot of fun!

One Comment leave one →
  1. June 28, 2016 5:45 pm

    What lovely patterns and I always love the different shades of indigo.

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