Don’t you just love when a problem is solved? We didn’t want to use a foreign color on this piece. All the commercial threads were just wrong. While getting samples ready for a presentation on natural dyeing to the Master Gardeners, I trimmed loose threads. Light bulb moment! The threads are from the same indigo vat we dyed the background in. The stitching can continue!
Ron decided to help me out with a piece that was sandwiched for quilting. He has never stitched with one of my machines before. I am a little under the weather right now so I told him to go for it. He did a great job and since this was one of the shibori pieces we worked on together it is only right that he helps with more of the work. Of course little LuLu decided right away to lay claim to the newest piece of cloth. More in a few days as the work progresses. Linking to off The Wall Friday
My Japanese indigo plants are doing great. An online friend shared seeds she gathered from John Marshall’s indigo garden. The pot is living under my weeping pussywillow tree. It gets filtered sun and it looks pretty happy!
The bottom photo is my woad. I transplanted it out of the pot when it was blooming. SEEDS! I have lots of seeds. I gathered half of them and let the rest self sow in the bed. Originally the bed was going to be weld and woad. Right after i sowed the weld the power company decided to replace a pole right next to the garden. When they were done, all the ground had been turned over and those tiny weld seeds were no place to be found.
Word has it that this lush 2nd year foliage on my woad doesn’t have much pigment. Will that stop me trying it out? Not a chance!
It’s time to make an indigo vat and do some dyeing. Since my dye studio isn’t equipped with plumbing I try to do indigo outdoors. Lots of water used for rinsing and I hate to see it wasted. Here are some ideas for outdoor wet studio areas. I love that a hose on the drain can be directed to the landscape areas.
The table would be perfect for my indigo vat. I can cut a round hole for a utility bucket that I make my vat in. A second inset for the water To develop color would make this perfect. No bending over and when the vat is exhausted it all folds away for storage.