Instead, we had a play day where we tried some dyeing with indigo.
I bought some 'balls' of compressed indigo in Dubai a few years ago and just recently had watched a DVD about dyeing using natural sustainable methods - right up my alley - it's no fun using dyes, mordants and additives where you have to wear a mask, and surely it can't be good for the environment!
Unfortunately the recipe called for crushed burnt oyster shell. I didn't know how to manage that and wondered if hydrated lime would be OK.
Here's the dye pot:
So Dianne and Rhonda got busy crushing some oyster shells (precious sweat on a warm day):
|over-dyeing with folding and 'tying'|
|shibori over a plastic pipe|
|shibori over a bottle|
|selection of folded, tied and stitched for shibori|
|first dye bath|
|fabric from the first dye bath - 5 minutes saturation, now oxidising|
|Rhonda's over-dyed folded piece|
|one of Dianne's shibori pieces|
Otherwise, I will visiting the local Indian grocery to see if I can purchase a narrow, tall, stainless steel pot!
I will also have to figure out a way of crushing the oyster shell. I'm thinking that baking it first (at what temp. I have no idea!) will help to make it more brittle and easier to crush.
I admit that I was little disappointed with the results from the dyeing, but it's all about learning and we all had a great day together!