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.
On 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.
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.
After 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.)
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 can disintegrate in warm vats.
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