I love trying out new stuff. Last Saturday the Piedmont Silk Painters got together in Marcia Ferris's studio to do a little indigo dyeing, a process that I haven't done before but have always been curious about.
Indigo is a natural plant dye with that distinctive blue color of your denim jeans. Historically, it was highly prized because of the rarity of blue dyes. Today however, most of the indigo dye produced is synthetic, and that's what we used.
We used various shibori techniques (folding, pole wrapping, clamping, stitching) on silk and cotton before dunking them in a vat of indigo dye.
Some finished pieces. Mine is the first silk scarf on the left. It's much too light... I must not have soaked it in the vat for long enough.
Indigo dyeing is certainly something I'd like to try again, but I'd have to think twice about bringing yet another set of supplies into my studio!