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Two…that’s right, count ’em, TWO classes in one

They didn’t really happen at once but I’m going to post the pictures from them both at once.  They were both awesome and fun and a blast and I loved them.

These are from yesterday.

It was a private lesson and she was super experimental.  She totally got my whole idea that we’re just playing and you really can’t make any mistakes.


She came up with a whole new method that looks freaking awesome:


She also played with the old classics.

image4(19)  image1(18)It was a great day.

But wait, there’s more:


I ran a class on the weekend which also rocked.  Also chock full of playful people:














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Everything is Awesome!

Everything is cool when you’re part of a team.

Here’s my team member:


Also, I’m just in a great mood because I dyed twenty four (24!!) napkins today and they were almost all PERFECT!!

Those that weren’t perfect, didn’t really suck.  I also dyed several shirts.  I’M ON FIRE!!!

Actually, I’ve realized that it’s September and summer won’t last forever.  So I’m dyeing ALL THE THINGS!!  CAPSLOCK!!

Here’s a few pictures:

image2(17)These guys were all on the same pole.  The one on the right is still oxidizing.  Here they are later:


But, wait…there’s more:

image8(9)This is one of the one’s that didn’t work.  The really fully blue one with the tiny white spots, is not supposed to look like that.  I still like it.

image3(17)image4(18)image5(18)image7(10)That’s not all of them.  But I didn’t get all the pictures.  I didn’t have to.  I had all the fun!

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Not everybody sews

You don’t have to sew to play with indigo at my Indigo 101 class.  The next one in coming  right up on Sunday September 13th from 1 – 4 at Paradigm Gardens. You can call them at 608/242-3800 to register.  It’s $85 or $80 if you sign up with a friend.

I serge all of the fabric for my classes.  It’s a bit time consuming but I realize that not everyone who wants to play with dye, wants to sew.

I give students six Fat Quarters each and we learn at least six patterns.  Fat quarters are used in sewing quite a bit, they are basically a quarter of a yard of fabric.  They are 18 X 22 inches in size.  Awesome for quilting or making into little projects.

They also make fabulous and generous napkins or small but useful furoshiki wrapping clothes.


Furoshiki clothes a a whole ‘nother rabbit hole to fall into but also way fun to play with.


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Dye Day!

Yes, Dye Day with an exclamation point!  Because the day was super fun.  I’ve been prepping fabric for a little while now and was planning to dye them on Thursday (today) but I had a meeting and drank so much coffee.  When I got home, dyeing the fabric RIGHT NOW was the only thing that made sense.


I did some random test fabrics just for fun and practice.  They didn’t all work.  The one on the left is a total mess.  It’s still pretty though.


I also bought pretty much every white shirt made with natural fibers that were about my size at Goodwill the other day.  Those were really fun to play with.image4(17)

I’m especially pleased with this one.  It looks super awesome.


I’m a little concerned with the placement of the blue here.  I may have made some shiboobie instead of shibori.  I think I’ll overdye this with another pattern.  image2(16)

More tests just for fun.  Plus a bonus background chicken.


And a set of a dozen napkins.  There are only 11 because of the mess in the first picture.  That’s ok.  I love learning how to do things and I can always make more. In fact, I ordered two dozen more yesterday.