August 24, 2014 – Indigo Dye Summer Meeting

We had a wonderful indigo dye day today. Frank Mikulastic and Sandra Kupper had items to dye. We have been experimenting with shibori folding techniques and tried some new ideas today.

IMG_0473Frank started with white cotton fabric. He folded the fabric in the long direction and then folded it into a triangle bundle. He then wrapped rubber bands around the outside to hold it together in the dye bath.




He dipped it into the dye bath 5-6 times and the fabric got darker with each dip into the indigo. (With indigo, the best way to get a darkly dyed fabric is to do multiple dips, not with stronger dye.)

WP_20140824_013Sandy wrapped her fabric around a pvc pipe and tied it with string then dip dyed it about 3 times for a fantastic looking diagonal stripe.


She also dyed socks and a t-shirt – both had been unsuccessfully dyed once before with procion type dyes. Both items dyed beautifully this time.IMG_0472

knit – dye – felt


Knit a bag and 16 yards of I-cord (for the strap


Fold the bag height into 4ths.  Then fold bag width into 3rds.  Clamp center with 2 dowls


Dye in indigo.


Wad strap and grab tightly.  Dip into indigo 3 or 40 times.  Dip folded bag 3 or 4 times.


Unfold bag.


Soak in vinegar water for 12 hours

Felt in washing machine in very hot water for 15 minutes


Felted straps


Add the straps


Felted bags.

Cotton Ikat Jacket

Phyllis Karsten's Ikat Jacket

I consider this my most spectacular project – also it is one of the best pieces of weaving I’ve done. The third place ribbon from the CNCH judges at the Marin fashion show got it wrong. their comment was that it didn’t hang straight.

Well,  it was not intended to be a up-tight western style jacket. It was patterned after a Japanese style that is OK to hang loosely.

And,  I didn’t want to have shoulder pads in the jacket as they would either be inside the lining, which would mean that I’d have to open up the lining if the pads deteriorated. I didn’t like the appearance of pads tacked to the outside of the lining. I solved that problem by putting shoulder pads in the blouse that I made to go with the jacket. The judges didn’t know that. Next time I will be certain to add a note to my entry – A little learning opportunity on entering items.

I usually wear the jacket with blouses that have no shoulder pads. It hangs loosely with the expected informal hem line, but looks just great!.