Friday, August 31, 2018

Indigo the next day....

I've had a few interuptions along the way....known as "life"...not complaining but so sorry to get back to this post so late. I had some time left on my Indigo pot...I can't get them to last as long as they're supposed to. The few days after the F Junkies were here, it rained like crazy so I couldn't do my Indigo.
I did have everything ready set to go and when the sun came out...I was outside like a flash. I do have a lot of "before and afters". It's fun to see how the resist affected the dyeing process. The above is corks wrapped with rubber bands.
Gosh...remember these...I used to actually sleep on these horrific things. I remember in college, setting my hair and wearing a big hat to cover them when I went to dinner in the dining hall as the rule was - no curlers allowed.

When I use them in the fabric, I intentionally crinkle up the fabric before putting the cap on the roller. First of all, it helps the curler to stay put with the extra bulk in there and it also makes for a more interesting design.

Pretty interesting and I would think most people could guess what made the design...especially the "curler generation" myself.

The above set of pictures are all the same of bottom 2 not true to the colors. I used a pink fabric printed with purple paint, wrapped in corked. I thought maybe having the paint on there would create a resist....and it does if you can see that in the photo.
I loved this next one - using old bobbins from a machine I don't have anymore. Not only did I wrap around the bobbin...

but also around the middle of the bobbin right
for a very interesting effect.

The top left was folded around a PVC pipe and the right started with a colored fabric, folded and clamped, then dipped. 

I know I used marbles to wrap around and think the top left is an example...I can tell as it's more of a round shape in the middle.

The left is a scarf which needs more Indigo so it will have to be re-dipped...the right is the marble wrapped. I have to say, at the dollar store, I found the tiniest rubber 500 for a dollar...and they worked perfect for this type of thing...only need one wrap...maybe 2.
Here is some white silk I wanted to does work beautifully...
and some dyed fabric
and my studio assistant - Fraggle...He loves hanging out with people AND fabric!
The finished piece...I do like seeing the way Indigo works on colored fabric.
Here are some Lima beans I used a few years back...they took the color so well while wrapped inside the fabric, I decided to save them, shellac them and keep them on display...just too pretty not to. Now I'll have to think of some things to do with all this new pretty Indigo.


  1. Great collection of fabrics, playing with indigo is so addicting. Love the lima beans!

  2. ingenious resists, and wonderful results. The bobbins must have taken quite awhile to wrap, but they made a good image. What a fun post.

  3. Oh my goodness, curlers! I had forgotten about them. I'd sleep in them (not comfy) and then they'd be all tangled in my hair. LOL. Your dying projects look like fun. I'd like to try that someday.

  4. Amazing all the variety you achieved with the same process and dye, only what you wrapped with differing. Got quite a chuckle out of the curlers. I recall dying beans during the hippy era and making jewelry with them. Those lima beans would make a fabulous necklace.

  5. Can’t beat the look of indigo…..all that prep. and in a snap the fabric is transformed. I especially love the metal bobbin results.