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#206 Indigo Dyeing

by Susan Saunders on Thursday Full Day
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Indigo has fascinated people for thousands of years. We will be using “Freeze Dried Indigo” which means that someone else has gone through the smelly process and then frozen and dried it for our use. Because the indigo is so easy to use, we will be concentrating on the many methods of resist dyeing such as Tie-Dye, Shibori and Ikat. We will even be able to paint on yarn or fabric with the dye. We will be using both cellulose and protein fibers. I will discuss some of the history of Indigo, Shibori, and Ikat. We will also discuss some of the problems getting an Indigo pot to work.

Class Limit: 10 Class Level: All Levels

Participants Should Bring: Rubber, vinyl, or latex gloves; apron, plastic or cloth; dust mask to wear; notebook and pencil; and a plastic bucket. Wear Old Clothes! Students should bring additional yarn in protein (wool, llama, alpaca, silk, etc.) and cellulose (cotton, bamboo, rayon, etc.) for dyeing as time allows. Roving may also be dyed, but it should be quite dense. No mordant needs to be used, but please wash your yarn before you bring it Material Fee: $15.00 covers- Dye, foam brushes, 4 silk scarves, and 3 skeins of wool, cotton, and nylon yarns. Additional scarves will be available to purchase

P.O. Box 744 Hastings, MI 49058 United States 269-948-2497

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