Oh, indigo, how do I love thee! Every year around this time I brew up the dye vats and dip-oxidize away, turning everything I own blue. It’s a compulsion and a meditative process.
Of course, many yards of various substrates of cotton get dunked.
But this time I wanted to experiment with overdyeing quilted sandwiches. These are wholecloth swatches, one with silk batting and the other (below) with 80/20 cotton/poly and embellished with trapunto. Before and after…
I think the overdyed version is more successful because the thread darkened more than the fabric. But I’m not certain if instead originally quilting with darker thread on blue cotton would give the same results. I’m going to fantasize for a moment that overdyeing makes a difference.
This trapunto quilt captures the aroma of the dye vats.
What else should be blue? I ombre-dyed some t-shirts and double-dipped a banana (nothing happened). Nature’s perfect packaging, indeed.
Been feeling all wobbly again, so spending more time reading and pondering. Thought it’d be interesting to share some links today. And because every post needs a photo, here’s a glimpse of the indigo dyeing that happened yesterday.
– I’ve been smitten with the podcast 99% Invisible for a long while and even donated to their Kickstarter last year. Consistently educational nuggets about the elements of design in everyday life that we often don’t notice.
— A novel approach to the issue of colorism in this comic about skin tone in Marvel comics. Passing has been on my mind a lot lately, though more immediately dealing with rejection due to not being dark enough actually. All of us humans are a bit effed up on skin tone and it doesn’t seem to be changing.
— My new quilter hero is Yvonne Wells. (BEWARE: link automatically opens a (loud-ish) video; turn down your volume first)
—- These Canadian landscapes are breathtaking and feel a bit like quilter pr0n. So verdant and geometric.
Have a great weekend!
Continuing the hometown log cabin series…this one is Carrboro, a funky residential area near the preppy college town of Chapel Hill. I’ll just let the process photos speak for themselves.
Materials: various commercial solids; muslin on back
Techniques:improvisationally machine pieced; machine quilted; hand faced
Finished size: 26×27″
Started : September 2014
Finished: March 2015
Work on the blanket continues, though at a slower pace because I’m back trying to finish some quilts. The weekend brought setbacks that I’ve turned into opportunities to try to learn some new skillz. Should be fun…and I’ll talk more about that soon.
Today you’ll find an interview with me on Rachel’s blog. She set this post up to cover her during the first days after delivery of her new baby—who is now a couple of weeks old. It has turned out to be a trying time for her family due to complications. Pop over to that second link there and show some support. The community has rallied to their aid in this difficult time.
Back soon with a quilt…maybe.