Monthly Archives: February 2015

BEAUTIFUL BORO

February 26, 2015

 

Lately, Japanese Boro has been catching my attention. The way the fabric (mostly Indigo) is patched, mended, and layered is truly unique and embodies such a rich history of those who once used the materials. Remodelista has a great feature, which describes this beautiful technique.

 

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INDIGO DYED BEDDING

February 21, 2015

Lately, I have been incorporating Indigo into my bedding. I love the pop of color it gives against the white duvet and sheets. A couple of the below pillow cases sold, but I plan to make a new batch next week.

 

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SUBMERGED, GLOVELESS

February 19, 2015

I always wear gloves when dyeing, usually 2 pair (latex under giant dishwashing gloves), but somehow the Indigo always finds a way to wiggle in. I just saw this beautiful image online and definitely respect this artist who is going all in.

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OTSUKI-SAMA

February 17, 2015

Although the website is in French, it isn’t hard to interpret the beauty emerging from otsuki-sama. Here are my favorite items from their shop…

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DYEING IN CALIFORNIA

February 13, 2015

I have been spending some time in California and I couldn’t be happier to be able to dye in the sunshine (yesterday it was 70 degrees…i know, I’m sorry New York friends). Here are some images of this week’s dyeing process. I tried to focus on Arashi Shibori (a pole wrapping technique) and I love the results. Finding a bucket that was deep enough wasn’t an option, so I had to do a lot of timing and rotating the dowels to get an even dye.

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ALL IMAGES © H & FIELD, 2015

SPOTLIGHT: SERPENT & BOW

February 9, 2015

Every once in awhile I am completely inspired, and this is one of those moments. Rachel Blodgett, from Serpent & Bow is creating unique pieces that are like no other I have seen. She specializes in hand-dyed Indigo bralettes and underwear, each representing a moon cycle.

Each piece is truly a work of art.

From her Etsy page, she describe their process, “At Serpent & Bow we use Batik wax resist to create imagery on our garments and textiles. A mixture of beeswax and paraffin are heated to the perfect temperature (not boiling, but hot enough to penetrate through cloth) create the perfect formula for textile painting (not too crumbly, not too greasy). Using a tjanting (a traditional Indonesian batik tool), or a sumi brush, we slowly paint each design onto our cloth, making sure the wax has blocked out the design on both sides of the cloth. After the design is complete, the cloth is submerged into the indigo vat. To get different shades of blue, we wait for the dyed cloth to dry, then apply more layers of wax and continue dyeing the cloth to successive shades of blue until the fabric reaches the coveted deep indigo.”

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INDIGO DYE KITS!

February 4, 2015

If you want to get into Indigo dyeing, but you are already feeling overwhelmed by the process, I suggest buying a natural Indigo dye kit. They are perfect for beginners (all supplies and instructions are included). Here are the beauties I have discovered so far. Do you know of a good kit that’s missing? Leave a comment!

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1. NOON DESIGN STUDIO: Indigo Dye Kits – Shibori Wrapper  $42

-What you get: natural Indigo dye & auxiliaries- including fructose, sugar made from fruits, and food grade calcium hydroxide, also known as lime, used for pickling, instructions along with some shibori ideas for making patterns, 10 rubber bands, 1 pair of biodegradable latex gloves

-Enough to make a 4 gallon Vat

-Made in Los Angeles, USA

*takeaway: this is the only kit I found online that uses auxiliaries made from fructose. It also comes wrapped in an Indigo dyed cloth*

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2. YELLOW OWL WORKSHOP: Indigo Blue Textile Kit $30

-What you get: Indigo Blue textile ink in dripless applicator, 1 scarf, gloves, & instructions (for tie-dye, shibori dye, vat dye, and resist dye techniques, as well as painting and stamping techniques)

-Unclear how much this will dye, but you can purchase refills on their site

-Made in San Fransisco, USA

*takeaway: no mixing required & cleaner than all other indigo kits I have seen. Also, the graphic design is divine*

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3. EARTHUES: Indigo Starter Natural Dye Kit $45

-What you get: Indigo, hide glue, reducing and alkali agent, pH indicator strips, mask, gloves, & instructions (does not include sodium hydroxide)

-Enough make a 32 ounce jar of indigo stock, which is typically enough for a couple of vats

-Made in Seattle, USA

*takeaway: this kit is the only one I have seen that provides pH strips and allows the user to make an Indigo stock*

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4. DHARMA TRADING CO: Indigo Dye Kit $8.49

-What you get: 20gm pre-reduced Indigo, 50gm Thiox, 100gm soda ash, rubber bands, wood blocks and sticks, gloves, a brief history of Indigo dyeing, & instructions

-Enough to make a 4 gallon Vat

-Made in California, USA

*takeaway: love that this comes with blocks and it’s so affordable!*

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5. MAIWA: Natural Indigo Kit $19.95 (CAN)

-What you get: 100gm natural Indigo, 100gm Thiox, 100gm lye, & instructions

-doesn’t note how much this will make

-Made in Canada

*takeaway: this company is full of great resources. Check out their “artisan supply” shop.

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FOREVER INDIGO

February 2, 2015

Indigo Items I am currently coveting over on Etsy, see the full treasury here.

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