Frank’s May Dye Project

I decided to do 2 small pieces 18 X 11 inches.  These will be used for covering the covers of handmade books.

Piece #1 I accordion pleated the long way with 1 1/2 inch pleats, giving me an 18 inch strip 1 1/2 inch wide.  Then I pleated the the other direction in 1 1/2 inch pleats.  This gave me a cube  that I tied several times around both directions.

Piece #2 I accordion pleated the long way with 1 inch pleats, giving me an 18 inch strip 1 inch wide.  Then I tied the strip about every 2 inches.

Shibori tied cloth, ready for indigo bath.

Shibori tied cloth, ready for indigo bath.

I then dipped them in the indigo 3 times;  The 2nd and 3rd time I dipped Piece #1, I opened the folds on the corners slightly.

Piece #1

Piece #1

Piece #2 right after one indigo dip.

Piece #2 right after one indigo dip.

Our dye pot was Strong so I only left the pieces in for 1 to 2 minutes.

This after 1 dip of 1 minute

This after 1 dip of 1 minute

Here are the pieces wet.

Piece #1 wet

Piece #1 wet

Piece #1 rinsed and dry

Piece #1 rinsed and dry

Piece #2 wet

Piece #2 wet

Piece #2 rinsed and dry

Piece #2 rinsed and dry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Very little dye rinsed out and there is no crocking. As you can see the darkest blues are almost as strong dry as they were wet!