My experiment with an early indigo vat is far exceeding my
expectations. I had a few stitched pieces to hand, fabric to
over dye, old shirts and jeans to refresh, some old embroidered
linen etc. At the end of the day a basketful of blue.
Today was going to be the big test. Could I revive the vat
with a heating element? Well yes I could! The sun is still
shining, the temperature slightly cooler than yesterday.
So whilst waiting, I frantically stitched more lengths of
cloth, very time consuming - out with the clamps.
The view from my workroom
The two dark pieces are mokume shibori
and bandhani spots. The long length
is clamped cotton
Soft linen found in a cupboard! You see how desperate
I have become! Previously dyed, a bit pale so back
into the vat.
For today I am indigoed out. Lessons learnt.
1. All is possible. 2. Always have to hand prepared
fabric. I believe the Japanese spend all winter stitching
ready to go in the spring,
Guess it's time for a tea ceremony and back to
stitching. The vat still has plenty of life in it.
Tomorrow maybe another hard day serving the