Indigo is such a beautiful dye, and, until comparatively recently, the only blue dye, although it has been made from different plants in different places. Shibori is the Japanese term for their ways of resist dying, but some of what we did took me back to happy days at homeschooling camps at Lake Okataina, where tie-dyeing was always one of the activities. Resist dyeing is done throughout the world's cultures in different ways.
Anyway, despite the cold, rain and wet of my drive across country, I had a delightful day. and can't wait to do more resist dyeing using both indigo and other dyes.
Liz showing us the dye mixing process
Liz showing us how she folded the fabric to make a particular pattern.
my pieces, drying
wrapping 'inclusions' - corks
wrapping 'inclusions' - florist marbles
wrapping 'inclusions' - screws
wrapping without 'inclusions'
sewing but not tightening the threads sufficiently
on the reverse side of the silk velvet you can get a hint of what it should have looked lik
sewing along lines marked using a template and properly tightened