deep blue almost violet, my indigo heaven

coppery brown to burnt umber from eucalyptus prints and deep blue from indigo

This post was inspired by Pia Best, an online friend with whom I share my interest in eco printing and dyeing. Her indigo dyeing with eucalyptus and indigo is exquisite and stunning. I hope to meet her someday in person to learn her techniques.

I made this in viscose jersey (a tight weave fabric), with eucalyptus leaves bundled with a rusty pipe and steamed it for about an hour. Then, the bundle was removed from the pot; let to cooled and then dipped into the indigo dye. Here is the fun part that I love the most–as if by magic, when the bundle was removed from the dye vat, it changes color, from yellowish-green to blue after it had been oxidized in the air. I am happy with the result, and happy to share.

closer look–my indigo heaven!

spots of brown are results from decayed and fallen eucalyptus leaves. I love the contrast of blues and browns

deep indigo here

and here–with white markings from tied strings.

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8 Responses to deep blue almost violet, my indigo heaven

  1. Margo Duke says:

    Stunning work! Bravo!!!


  2. Marilyn Stephens says:

    Beautiful work Melinda, love the use of Indigo such an exciting contrast xx


  3. Terriea says:

    Striking and pretty blue.


  4. Indigo and eucalyptus are a winning combination…… your scarves are beautiful Melinda!


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