Over the winter my neighbor made a Little Free Library for our block and it's going to be installed in front of my house in just two weeks! The post went in last week, so I just have to finish painting and put the final touches on it. So exciting!
Sunday, June 26, 2016
I took an indigo and shibori class at the Textile Center on Saturday with a new friend (yay!). I neglected to take any process shots or any before and after shots, so you're just left with the finished product.
I had a bunch of old, stained embroidered linens. I keep calling them doilies, but I don't think they are doilies.
This one is my favorite. I like that the indigo did not penetrate the embroidery. Before I washed it in the washing machine, it was really dark with the blue.
This one is lame. I don't know why I even bothered with it. I had a stain on it, so I thought I would dye it, but meh.
I like this long butterfly linen, but when I washed it some holes appeared. I think I need to cut it up somehow and make it into something else.
The instructor provided canvas bags for all of us to work on. I used some clamps on mine and it came out like this:
I had a giant t-shirt leftover from that inkodye project that I did a number of years back, so I dug through my craft abyss the morning of the class and brought it along. I wrapped it with twine and scrunched it on a pole using the arashi (storm) technique. This is the front:
I'm thinking about cutting it up into a dress for Z. It's really long and she's into long dresses lately.
I had a yard of fabric and didn't get to dip it into the indigo for very long and I hastily tied it into knots before I dipped it.
It's still very white.
Anyway, I really enjoyed the class and the instructor (her stuff is here). Will I set up my own vat of indigo? Hmmm...I'm not sure. There was a lot involved and the indigo was like a living, breathing thing and I wouldn't want to murder it.