Indigo dyes

Rowland Rickett’s Master Class in Indigo Dyeing

The Textile Museum of Canada in conjunction with the Contemporary Textile Studio Co-op in Toronto hosted Roland Ricketts in a sold out indigo dyeing workshop. Commonplace materials were used to create a template for stitching our design. This chevron pattern was a challenge even though Roland very carefully explained the process! The design is transferred …

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Aga Khan Museum

A friend and I visited the Aga Khan Museum this weekend. A very knowledgeable and enthusiastic docent began our visit with an introduction on the design of the building by architect: Fumihiko Maki. He was given the theme of light as his inspiration. An interior courtyard brings light into the center of the building and provides a lovely …

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Indigo Linen Napkins

I am pleased with the results of dyeing linen. I made two sets of napkins from some beautiful cream coloured linen. The first set of four are cocktail napkins about 9 inches square. Two resists were used to make the design. I took a photograph of the linen napkins, before dyeing them. They are shown below, …

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Indigo inspiration in tiles

Deborah Osburn is the founder of Clé a company that creates and showcases beautiful artisanal tiles. Her newest collection features Indigo. She dips, brushes, stains and washes tiles in Indigo pigments. They are all one-of-a-kind. Clé features hand-painted tiles from nine artisans, herself included. Each artisan has their own unique style and look, from Forrest Lesch-Middleton’s …

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Indigo obsession!

I have been on a fabric dyeing binge since I took an Indigo dyeing workshop in May. I have been obsessed with creating patterns, colour and texture with Indigo and fibre reactive dyes. The fabrics I dyed in September are now stitched up into the pillows below.  I will be bringing these indigo pillows, Shibori scarves in wool, …

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Linen gauze scarves

My infatuation with dyeing has led me to experiment with fibres other than cotton. I was looking for a linen gauze to experiment with, when I came across Robert Kaufman’s Veneto Linen Gauze fabric. No one locally carried this fabric and I was hesitant to order it online without seeing and touching it. Luckily, Andrea, from …

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