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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

What to do with those indigo dyes


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After I did all the indigo dyeing in June it seemed like I needed to make something using the fabrics.  This piece, approximately 30" square, was inspired by a photo my brother took in Monte Carlo just before he put on a tuxedo and checked out the casinos.   His picture showed the yachts moored there as well as a building I thought was a church.  Wrong again, it was a casino.  The houses with all their windows overlooking the sea were what appealed to me.  The name of the quilt is inspired by the sky reflecting into the sea and both reflecting off the windows.  The sky and the sea were made from a beautiful silk scarf I dyed with the indigo.  It was just right for what I needed so I cut it up.  Now I've ordered another indigo dyeing kit because I want to give some indigo dyed silk scarves as gifts.

For those of you interested in indigo dyeing, the kit I used is a Jacquard product I ordered from Dharma Trading Co.  The original mix lasted almost a month before it gave up its ability to dye.  It also got smellier as time went by!

8 comments:

Janice Paine-Dawes said...

This is serene and wonderful Roberta. I'm indigo dyeing with my group later this month from your inspiration. Great job!

Sherryl said...

What a great job Roberta. I am not normally a fan of indigo.. blue has never been my favorite color and I never could figure out what to do with the fabric once it was done. You have come up with a great scene using it. I may have to rethink this down the road!

Art by Rhoda Forbes said...

Fantastic Roberta, I just love the overall feeling it gives me, vivid life the red and the peaceful reflection of the blues. LOVE IT!

norma said...

What a great use of your indigo fabric, I have been to Monte Carlo and that's just what it looks like.

dianedoodles said...

Roberta, the indigo quilt is stunning!
Dcl

Judy Ferguson said...

As usual, you have really made good use of your dye. The blues contrast beautifully with the white houses. Such a lovely scene.

katyquilts said...

Lovely piece Roberta! I have been to Monte Carlo and this hits the mark as far as capturing the feel of the shoreline there. I didn't know there were indigo dyeing kits. I will have to look into that. Thanks!

acarolegrant said...

I came on this tonight Roberta... it is beautiful! What a delightful piece and in your own 'hand'... fabric, etc.
Exquisite!