What a glorious summer to dye fiber outside! Heat and sunshine! Dreadful for our gardens, but rust printing, eco-printing, and indigo dyeing on fabric and handmade paper was excellent! Back in August, as a way of showing my appreciation to Pat Vivod for teaching me how to rust print, I invited her for a day in my garden studio to indigo dye. What a grand time we had. See more about our adventure on her August 13, 2012 blog post, Sentimental Pentimento: Fun in the Shade
|The summer indigo studio, hammock ready and waiting. Now, just a memory.|
|Pat Vivod indigo dying|
|Pat Vivod resist clamping pre-rusted silk before dying in indigo vat|
|Pat Vivod's indigo on pre-rusted silk|
|Indigo oxidizing on cotton|
|Indigo on pre-rusted cotton|
You may remember from my posts, or Pat's posts about my rusting the above fabric at her studio.
|Because of the drought, the grass really was this color|
Here it is on my clothesline (and in the photo above) after two rounds of shibori resist dyeing in the indigo vat. Looking forward to using it at the beach the next time I visit my daughter, Betsy, at her condo in Florida!
But now that fall is upon us, and the acorns are falling from the tree over the vat, it was time to say farewell to fair weather dyeing by moving the vat inside to the basement studio ... until next year!