Indigo

On Sunday I got to go out to Belton, MO to the home of Becky Stevens, a fabulous fiddler and felt maker, for our Surface Design Association meeting.

 We were greeted by fun folk music.

We were greeted by fun folk music.

 Learned how to indigo dye fabric. It was all very informative because indigo can be a little finicky.

Learned how to indigo dye fabric. It was all very informative because indigo can be a little finicky.

Things learned:

Indigo is like yeast you have to keep them warm and happy

Putting too much air in the indigo will make the dye stop working

Wet fabric before putting it in the dye bath

Submerge for 10 seconds at a time and then rinse

To develop color do many dips

You can dye synthetics as well as natural fibers

 The untying and unwrapping process was the best.

The untying and unwrapping process was the best.

 All the fun stuff we made

All the fun stuff we made

 These are what I made. I wanted to try accordion folds on one and something circular on the other.

These are what I made. I wanted to try accordion folds on one and something circular on the other.

Then I got the bright idea to dip the cotton string I brought to bind my fabric in the dye too. It was old and from my grandmother's stash so it had little rust spots here and there. Indigo is a much better improvement.

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The skein after it came out of the vat and dried.

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After unwrapping it half way. I love the little white spots at the cross sections.

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The indigo even dyed the cardboard it was wrapped on!

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Now it's the loveliest string ever. I can't wait to sashiko something with it. Or maybe I'll go crazy and use it to warp a loom.

Progress continues. This is a photo from last week. The mushroom clouds are finally complete and the bombs are slowly being filled in. Maybe we'll even hit out June 30th timeline.

Tonight I go to PLUG Projects in Kansas City for critique night! 6-8pm for all those interested in joining. It'll be me and two other artists. I can't wait.

Farm Report: Ian made stir fry last night using our own bok choy and sugar snap peas. I love sugar snap peas off the vine. Bea was even able to get a few strawberries for desert. Growing things is so much fun! We had a major thunderstorm last night and I swear all the plants are bigger. 

Reading: The Grownup by Gillian Flynn. This woman can really write frightening stories about sociopaths. Maybe it's just that sociopaths are frightening. I'm not sure. It was short and it was riveting, all the things I love in a book.

Listening too: One Bad Mother Episode 155: Parenting Karma. OMG it's true! If I care way too much about something I don't talk about it because I'm sure I'll jinx it.

Cooking: Kohlrabi Curry. You can use the leaves too! Genius!