This is a mixed bag…on the one hand and the other…
This pair of sweaters are for my great nieces–both upcycled.
I used honeysuckle bush leaves that I had dried last fall to get the golden under color. Parts of the tops were shibori tied. Then I dipped them into the indigo pot.
So, the success was the pattern–I like the spidery shibori patterns. And, I’m pleased that I was able to dry leaves and save them into the winter. And, the indigo pot is the one I started last fall. Periodically, I’ve added some fruit juice, or fructose, or pickling lime, soda ash and citric acid. I monitor the ph level and one time I added more indigo. It’s doing well.
The not-so-successful was the color. I’m working on combining colors by over-dyeing. I like the green-blue that I got, but I think it’s a little dark for youngsters. Ah well…these are the disposable shirts for making mud pies!