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.
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
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.
The skein after it came out of the vat and dried.
After unwrapping it half way. I love the little white spots at the cross sections.
The indigo even dyed the cardboard it was wrapped on!
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!