A friend from my knitting group, who was moving out-of-town, called me to drop by her house to pick up a gift she had for me. I was surprised when she handed me a bucket of her indigo vat dye, and some of her yarns. I was so touched of her thoughtful and generous gifts. She quilts, spins and dyed her own fabric and yarns for her artwork. She is really talented and I shall miss her.
Here’s the indigo vat dye that I carefully brought it home with me in the car. The bubbles and foam on top is called the “flower” and has to be scoop away before using. The smell is rather strong and I had to wear a mask and gloves before I dipped my fabric inside. Below are pictures of how I used the “gift” to over-dyed a bundle that was pre-steamed with plant materials. Mouse over picture to get a larger view.
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