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Indigo Moons

What a difference a day makes. I came home today, full of energy. I took Maggie for a long walk after I rinsed out the days dyeing and threw it in the washer. I made a fabulous dinner of grilled pork loin, roasted butternut squash, steamed haricot verts and a yummy Asian slaw. Then I ironed my fabric, photographed it and stitched some pieces for tomorrow. I am woman; hear me roar.

Look at these gorgeous pieces done by a class member who is a weaver. They are woven of some unusual fibers. The one on the left is bamboo and the one in the center is soy. On the bamboo piece, she wove in a yarn that was pulled and tied to create the pattern. The second one was simply knotted in 3 places and the third was arashi wrapped on a pole. That is Judyleigh, our instructor.


I dyed some of my silk/cotton blend in brazilwood with an alum mordant. I really love this reddish color. I am going to do some more tomorrow.


Here is most of today’s work. I was in to lines and circles today.


Left to right:

  1. cotton, accordion pleated and tied with a one inch ribbon at four intervals
  2. cotton, arashi wrapped on a pvc pipe.
  3. cotton, folded and clamped with various circles as resists.


Left to right:

  1. pleated silk chiffon, folded and clamped with circles
  2. cotton/silk folded and clamped with various circles.
  3. dupioni silk, tied and dyed in logwood with an alum mordant. A really wonderful purple
  4. silk charmeuse scarf stitched and pressed vertically then stitched horizontally and pressed — shibori plaid (on sewing machine)
  5. silk organza, folded and clamped with metal washers.

I am getting so much out of this class that I can transfer to my procion dyeing. There are 8 of us in the class and only 3 are quilters. It is quite interesting to see what the others are doing.

5 Responses to “Indigo Moons”

  1. LoieJ says:

    Hi, following up on our email exchange about lack of comment box. I found the comment box. It is way at the bottom of the screen, kind of unusual for the box to be so far below the sign in place.

  2. Oooooh yummy eye candy!

  3. Judy says:

    As a blue-lover, I am in heaven looking at each of your wonderful pieces!
    How did you clamp the circle pieces?
    Thanks for keeping track of how you did each piece…I always think that I will, but then have absolutely NO idea when I am ready to post on my blog.
    Glad you had more energy today (or I guess that was yesterday now!).

  4. Kristin L says:

    I can practically hear you roar all the way over here on the other side of the Atlantic! I am in awe of how much you are getting out of this class. I think it is great that only 3 are quilters so that you can be inspired by other views of the medium. It’s a little like when I took a German class with Turks, Russians, Afghans, etc. We all had to let go of our native tongues and focus on the all that German (or in your case, shibori) had to offer. I love the “moons,” they are modern and ancient at the same time.

  5. Reva says:

    So you’re getting to play with other natural dyes as well, oboy. I love the reds and purples you can get with brazilwood and logwood.