Saturday, July 16, 2016

Indigo Dye Experience (2)


Tools and Soy wax.

First, we draw patterns on the front side of freezing paper, and ironed the coated side on fabric.

And traced from the back side with melted soy wax.

After dyed, soy wax was easy to be removed by washing in hot water.
It was an interesting experience, and I now understand why batik fabrics are expensive.

So, I got some materials from GoodWill that would be able to use for future dye. It would be fun.

Tomatoes are finally ready to crop :) and we are enjoying them everyday.

These Japanese pumpkins will be ready around R's birthday.

Since they came out from kitchen garbage that I buried last summer, I do not know how I can save the seeds for next year. I guess I should bury it as it is, or just hope them grow next year from kitchen waste again.

Indigo Dye Experience (1)

I wanted to try Indigo Dye for years, and it was one of my priority to do this summer.
I did some research about dyeing a year ago (and did not have time to do it last year), so got materials needed and tried with my quilty friends who has a lot of dye experience.

2 for me, and 1 for R. I realized after dyed that he does not usually wear a T-shirt, only when going to gym. So it would be eventually mine :)

Dyeing process.
Soak fabrics in water.

Soak in a dye bath.


I had to repeat the process of soaking & oxidizing a few times to get a desired color. I would say at least 3 times to get denim color.

After leaving 24 hours. Still wet.

Rinse by hand, and wash 2 loads by washing machine with neutral ph. detergent (for delicate laundry).

Cotton dye result.

One soaking, plain fabric. I love mottling look.



Resulted from them.

Cloth pins.

Resulted from this piece.

Bamboo skewer.

Resulted from this piece.

Rubber bands.

Another rubber bands.

Wooden pieces sandwich.


I love indigo color. Even small pieces will make a nice project.

I cannot wait to turn them into a quilt!