Plain indigo napkins

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So, here are eight hand dyed indigo napkins from my iron/calx/indigo vat. It’s odd, but I feel as though I “know” my napkins after the slow cloth session. I think they are beautiful and I love the slight colour variations in them. 9 dips. 9 rinses. 2 complete washings. After discovering that they weren’t quite dark enough at 7 dips I wasn’t really prepared to spend more time.
But they are now gone. It was a commission, but I also learned a lesson. When I make things I usually think of the person I am gifting them to. This time, I didn’t know the person, and it seemed to be huge amount of time to spend on someone I’m not familiar with. I won’t do a commission again, but I will dye again for family and friends.

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Crochet baby blanket

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This little beauty was crocheted with cotton, baby alpaca, silk, and bamboo. The triangle edge was designed by Tamara Kelly of Moogly and is lovely, generic, and easy. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tE2RFFWlfL0.
The granny squares were whip stitched squares I made from a Purl Soho post, under Bear’s rainbow blanket. https://www.purlsoho.com/create/2012/11/15/whits-knits-bears-rainbow-blanket/
Very pleased with this one.

Refurbished piano stool

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a53f74bf-ebea-4a40-8bdf-ebb43f29bc21On a neighbourhood walk, I found a discarded non-functioning piano stool.  Yep, I scooped it up, dismantled it,  wire brushed the entire disassembled stool, and put it back together again.  It now swivels, raises and lowers, and is now a plaything for my 2 yr old

grandson.  Next step….buy a piano for him.

 

Charcuterie Boards

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5a35fa03-d383-492d-83fd-5749a1079c94I made a few Charcuterie Boards.  One is bird’s-eye maple, one is from a live-edged regular maple board and the last one was from a chunk of Sycamore.   I sanded them down with a small hand-held sander and then hand-finished with sandpaper.

I polished them down with a food safe oil( unfortunately mineral oil is considered food safe!).  The nutraoil is heated with beeswax in a double boiler and a tin can…4 parts oil to one part beeswax.  I whipped it (off the heat) with a chopstick and it turns into a creamy paste wax.  Each were polished with a lint free cloth and then the paste was reapplied a couple of times.

 

Sashiko placemats

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My summer indigo dyeing continued into the fall, which I would not recommend because of lengthy drying times and DRIPs, but I just could not quit.

I’m super pleased with the results, but the Linen is crazy hard to iron.  Actually, the one batch of linen that I made the napkins out of was easy, but this yardage was very difficult. They wash up well, and fade ever so slightly. And then back to ironing.

Indigo Sashiko Placemats

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I had to try the Sashiko stitching on my indigo placemats. Only 6 will be made and I may not finish all 6 in stitching.
I am continually amazed at the amount of time it takes to dye. The sewing flies by in comparison.
I love the white contrast and I’m still hoping to add a fabric border.

 

Iron indigo vat

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245A4D10-85E6-48FA-82C5-EC86ED9A50ADAfter texting with the dyer fellow, Graham Keegan, about my colours of indigo becoming greyish and losing the intensity of the blue, he suggested another top up of iron/calx. That seemed to work a bit but what really helped was a little bit of extra iron and some minor addition of oxygen. I think my vat was a bit over-reduced!  Who knew that could happen? (Apparently the people over at Dharma Trading Co knew.)D47F54F8-4537-4058-8724-0502E01E0136
Dani at Maiwa fine-tuned some questions for me and now the iron vat is purring along and producing knock-out blues.  Dani and Sophia are a wealth of dyeing knowledge.  No more synthetic indigo, for me.

I chose the iron indigo vat because it can work cold, and the others need to stay warm.  The iron vat is also good for resist, because the resists c74c3b5db-b1ce-49a2-ac97-fad108f57585.jpegan disintegrate in warm vats.

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My fav resources are:

maiwahandprints.blogspot.com

grahamkeegan.com

Botanicalcolors.com

Dharmatrading.com

naturaldyeworkshop.com