vol / fullIndigo - a 3-Day class with Elin Noble

The Fascinating World of Blue, Brown, and White

This three-day class will engage indigo dye from two vantage points. We will begin by applying indigo on cellulose cloth (cotton, linen, hemp, ramie). After that we will selectively remove indigo through a series of resist techniques. 

The first day of the course we will make an indigo vat and dye cloth creating a variety of blue hues. On the second and third day we will use paste and clay resists in addition to stitched, wrapped, and clamped resists. We will create a variety of imagery, focusing on blue on brown, blue on white, white on blue, brown on blue, or a combination of all of these. 

We will remove the indigo dye using potassium permanganate, which first leaves the background color in varying shades of brown. Further processing removes the brown, leaving the background color white with an indigo blue pattern. 

We will cover how to maintain an indigo vat as well as safe and effective methods for using the discharge products. 

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Please, bring the following:

We will be stitching, clamping, and pole wrapping shibori patterns on cellulose cloth. Bring tools that you like to use for preparing the cloth for your favorite shibori patterns.

Scissors or thread snips
seam ripper
soft pencil and/or disappearing marker
Hand sewing needles
roll masking tape (partial roll is fine – any width)
A handful of rubber bands
Shapes for clamping:
jar lids, metal washers, wooden shapes in sets of 2 per shape (squares, rectangles, triangles), chop sticks, …
Any clamping device (2-4 c-clamps, bulldog clips, squeeze/spring clamps)
no large clamps - small sizes pls!!
Rubber gloves and a pair or two of disposable gloves
Smock/apron, work clothes and even old shoes
Roll of kitchen paper plus an old towel
PVC pole: one 25-50cm length of 5-10cm diameter PVC plumbing pipe – smaller diameter is okay. Do not bring any piece longer than 1 meter.
1 spool of Nylon Upholstery thread

3-4 meters of washed and dried fabric. Choose only cellulose fiber cloth such as: cotton, linen, hemp, rayon, tencel or any combination of these. It is fine to bring scarves to work on, it does not have to only be yardage. Do not bring silk or wool, it does not work with the discharge process.

Note: there are fabrics for sale as well, but pls make sure you order in time and pick them up or have them sent to you in advance.