This is Judith again and today we are offering a piece of my indigo fabric and pre-reduced indigo so you can make your own indigo vat.
This last summer Beth and I tried indigo dyeing for the first time. It is like magic. With MX Procion Dyes you have to soak and batch and rinse and wash before you know what color and pattern you have. With an indigo vat you only need to dip the fabric and let it sit in the air for a few minutes (no more than 5) before you have results. When the material comes out of the vat it is green but as it is exposed to oxygen it turns blue. How deep a blue will depend on how many times you dip the fabric.
Indigo dyeing is also very addictive. I mean, what's not to love? Instant gratification. I dyed all the fabric I had brought to our play date, then some of Beth's fabric, and then considered undressing and dying my clothes (I did resist that urge but it was really really hard!) Speaking of resisting, I tried a variety of methods including folding, twisting, overdyeing, shibori, wrapping, and clamping.
The piece I am offering is an overdyed and folded piece of cotton that I think is stunning. Yep, I am giving away one of my bests. First I snow dyed the fabric then I folded it twice for two separate dips into the indigo vat. It kinda looks like a stained glass window I think. The material is, I think, 1/2 yard wide and the width of the bolt long. The long sides are hemmed. I do have a ton of other indigo pieces and am willing to negotiate. Check them out here and here.
The pre-reduced indigo is from Dharma. Yep, love Dharma. Here is a link to a short history of Indigo which includes a link to a recipe for the vat. You will also need soda ash and thiorea dioxide (Dharma dyehouse color remover). If you don't already have those supplies you can order them through Dharma. Links to them are on the same link as the pre-reduced indigo.
As always, if you would like to win the material and indigo then leave a comment on this post. The winner will be announced on Saturday.