We met in Phyllis’s back yard. Sandy prepared the indigo pot, making sure the chemical balance was working well to produce this natural blue dye.
Frank had knitted a bag that he was going to felt. But before it was felted, he wanted to dye it in the indigo bath.
The bag and strap were tied in areas where he wanted it to resist the dye.
Although the dye appeared to be weak, he dipped all pieces four times and got a beautiful dark blue that did not crack off when washed and rinsed in vinegar.
Next he will felt it and we will see the results next month.
I majored in fine art in college and studied color extensively. Water colored landscapes and flowers cover the walls of my home. This study of color has helped me in many ways throughout the years and has followed me into fiber arts. In 2004, a friend of mine got me interested in spinning. Not long after that, I bought a spinning wheel and the rest is history, as they say. Today I have 5 spinning wheels of different sizes, 4 looms and an attic full of fiber. I have a blog on Google’s blogger website (although I don’t keep it up regularly). If you’d like to see some of my past work, you can go here. (I shortened it here with TinyUrl). http://tinyurl.com/pvkogg6
Some photos of my recent work are here:
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.
Soak in vinegar water for 12 hours
Felt in washing machine in very hot water for 15 minutes
Add the straps