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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Indigo to Dye For

I am really happy with the results of my first experience using indigo. Now that I see how wonderful everything looks - and realize how very simple this freeze dried indigo is to use - I wonder what took me so long . . . .

One thing that is a bit off-putting is the smell. The vat is smelly and there is a smell that lingers on the fabric or garment even after the washout. Joe and I both remember how our new blue jeans used to smell the first month or so. That's the smell.

The image above shows the two pieces of cotton yardage I dyed. One was dipped twice, the other only once. It's pretty obvious which is which.

Just love the texture that was created on this cotton yardage. Must do more!

I'll be showing you more of my results next time.


Vicki W said...

I'm so glad you mentioned the smell and the denim. Seeing your results I was just about to order some supplies to give it a try myself. Your comment reminded me that I am allergic to blue jeans so this is probably not the right thing for me to try! I love your results though!

Deanna said...

Love your indigo dying!!!

Connie Rose said...

They're beautiful, Cynthia!

Approachable Art said...

Oh Cynthia, well done! So cool that you had such a good experience with indigo- one day I'll tackle it, too, I guess hehe. Thanks for the close-ups of the fabrics. Do you think you'll ever do this again?