Last week, I met a stranger on the side of the road to score some weed. Devil’s Beggarticks is the weed, by the way. The stranger was a friend of a friend who was offering up some of this aggressive plant to anyone who wanted to dye with it. I’m so glad I tried it out.
Two batches: the first was flowers and leaves and the second batch was leaves and stems. I don’t think there’s much of a difference: the wool from the stem batch is a little lighter.
I soaked one piece of cotton and one hank of embroidery floss in milk and water for each batch to see if it made a difference. All of the fiber is mordanted but milk supposedly acts as a binder and I wanted to run a little, unscientific test. I think it made a difference. The darker pieces are the milk soaked ones. Really specifically, it was a little milk and mostly water.
The wool is overdyed, I used the batch I had solar dyed with Curly Dock seeds. It’s so vibrant!!
Just dyeing my batiks a little. Check out all those colors! They will all be blue by and by. #blog
If you’re waiting till the last minute to sign up for the Deep Into Indigo Retreat, it’s time! It’s one week away!!!!! Yikes! I’m getting ready to dye your goody bags. 💙💙💙❤️❤️❤️ #blog
I plan to bring this to the Deep Into Indigo Retreat, just to show it off.
But Gus is pretty sure that I’m done for the day and that I’m hand quilting this queen sized, hand dyed quilt just for him.
My plan for the Deep Into Indigo Retreat is to teach shibori techniques of many kinds, batik techniques and how to make henna, fructose and iron vats and to dye, dye dye!!! And also to – with the help of the awesome Jenina Mella – feed people well in a beautiful and warm environment and bring the fun!!
I hope you’ll join us. Early bird pricing ends on June 15th!!!
Today, I’m dyeing fat quarters on this beautiful summer day. #blog
I’ve got a cold but Gus and my latest quilt are making me feel a little better. #blog
Shy daughter-model showing off these loverly indigo dyed, shibori-ed dress and socks. #blog
I went to Seattle to take a natural indigo vat making class with Kathy Hattori of Botanical Colors. I learned a lot about different kinds of indigo vats. I think I like the henna vat the most. Everyone was awesome. I took the class with artist Stephanie Sykes who was a hoot! I looooooove learning new stuff.
I took the batch of shirts that I dyed last week back into my indigo vat at Paradigm Gardens to redip. They got sooooooo dark!
Woohoo! That’s one of the awesome super powers of indigo dye. The more times to dip your fabric in, the darker it gets. Now they will hang for a few days before I wash them.