What fun…a day of indigo dyeing!! Cathie is planning a series of woven blankets…warped in indigo-dyed cotton and woven in natural cotton. All organic cotton. So, when I offered to show her how to do a sustainable indigo pot, she leapt at the chance!!
Cathie arrived this morning with over-ripe bananas and pears (and a bunch of other items on the “laundry” list. We boiled the fruit to get natural fructose and added to that pickling lime and the indigo powder, itself. That’s the Garcia 1-2-3 indigo pot!
We let the mixture sit for a bit…waiting for the bubbles to appear. In the meantime, we started to do some dyeing on my 10-month old indigo pot. And, I crossed my fingers and toes wondering if the magic would work a second time. AND IT DID!! We got wonderful color from the new pot.
Here’s some of our results:
These are Cathie’s samples, with varying number of dips. Note the labels sewn on. And, you’re not seeing it, but there’s a notebook with a recording of each sample. Check out the 6-dip piece on the right. And the skein. Lovely!!
And my samples…one is shibori-fold over honey suckle. And, the second one in is MY 6-dip. Might be time to give my pot a special kick in the…indigo color! And, I can say for sure…there’s not a label, nor a notebook listing on my side of the line!!
That old saying–watch one (last summer with Michel Garcia) do one (last fall–my first pot) and teach one. Wahoo, it worked!!