The Evolution Series :: LOVE ME CRAZY :: Part 6 (of 10)
When in doubt... get dirty
Did you know indigo isn’t like RIT dye packets where you just add water? I interviewed a wonderful woman from South Carolina about the indigo dying process (and watched many Youtube videos), still the process was foreign to me. So I bought indigo from a reputable supplier and made a batch. I also learned the art of shibori (tying, blocking and tubing fabric in different ways to make patterns once dyed) and my daughter and I spent several days learning the process. It’s quite magical, and I’m not going to lie…labor intensive, but so worth it. Two of my giveaways included a lightweight scarf I hand-dyed, and now I have a set of cloth napkins that have easily become my favorite because they were made with hard work and real indigo (versus RIT dye packets).
After, delving, dipping, and wrapping (and getting my hands very dirty) I had to change my indigo scene to honor the process…of course I bent the rules a little since Quinn’s dad liked to experiment with the process.
Here's some photos from my experience. If you have a warm day where you have nothing to do and you're feeling crafty, I say give it a try. Just make sure you have all your supplies ready, hot water and patience. The second time I dyed was much easier, but still time consuming. My daughter videoed the magical change, but quite frankly, she mostly got my butt, and, well...I'll spare you the view.
Next week... the dark room.