KUDOS to Judy who hosted our indigo dye day. Thankfully she must have prayed to the weather gods because we had perfect weather....sunny, breezy, and not too hot.
My determination to use gloves at all times was pretty much forgotten the first time I had to removed the knots from a rope of indigo soaked fabric.
We've never played with wax when we've indigo dyed in the past, so thanks to Judy and Kate....we did this time around. I do love polka-dots! Here Denny is holding my piece just as it came out of the dye pot.....while it is quickly turning from bright green to the lovely indigo blue.At home I'll need to remove the was with a hot iron and paper to absorb it.
Here are the troublesome knots that were difficult to untie when the fabric is wet.
This fabric was twisted and wrapped onto a thick wood dowel...securing with rubber bands.
An overview of my results....some better than others....but isn't that the thrill of it......ya never know what you are going to get!This is Judy's drying on the line....she secured empty thread spools for her resist.
Denny did a lot of overdyeing with great success....she's the queen of layering.....and is always thinking - "just one more thing".
I was so busy with my own pieces I didn't do a good job of documenting....perhaps pieces will be brought to share at our Sept. meeting. We tried a couple of different approaches to dyeing this time.
Rather than placing dry fabric into the pot.....we soaked it first in plain water, we also left many of the resists in place for about 30 mins. after coming out of the dye pot. Honestly, I don't know if that provided any better prints or not....in the case of my pieces, I don't think so.....but that could have been just because of the manipulation methods I chose to do. Would I bother with the extra steps in the future? Probably not...... Would love to hear what you all think.