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everything is blue

September 3, 2012

blue and more blue

 moon, hands and garden

after the shibori workshop I am left with various dye pots

not wanting to waste them I did a little dyeing

first – the heavy and regular cords for wrapping arashi shibori

it is difficult to estimate the amount of cord required

this bleached cotton needed both the onion skin and lac dyed cord, plus a little from  the undyed cone

after 6 dips in the indigo it is – blue!

and there is a colour transfer from the cord

 an old piece of cream coloured silk wrapped with lac dyed string

many blue moons ago I wove this Swedish lace fabric with the intention of making a noren (Japanese door hanging)

for some reason I was disappointed and into the pile it went

I scoured it twice, the natural tow linen soaked up the indigo

look how the light shines through the lace blocks

eventually I get tired of the mess, this dyeing has to end!

and the sky so blue with not a cloud in sight

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Renee permalink
    September 4, 2012 5:28 pm

    Interesting what happens when you go back to old stuff and give it new life. Will you use the noren now?


  2. September 4, 2012 2:27 pm

    Super photo of that beautiful moon! And that indigo arashi is so beautiful.


  3. September 4, 2012 12:01 am

    wonderful noren! and i am to match the blues.


  4. September 3, 2012 3:02 pm

    lovely! the dye transfer is so delicate. it’s more grey blue here; too much rain. that’s the happy/sad part of natural dyeing; running out of things to dye!


  5. September 3, 2012 2:56 pm

    i love your noren, and the lovely blue sky!


    • September 3, 2012 3:18 pm

      Anastasia –September is often our best month. you know when you start dyeing underwear that you’re in trouble!
      Velma – I love the noren, too. think it will hang in the studio doorway.


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