Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Double, Double, Toil & Trouble

Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg and howlet's wing.

Double, double, toil and trouble
Fire burn and cauldron bubble

The words are familiar to our ears, and they were chanted in fun as the members of my design group and I prepared the 'Indigo Pot'. Though no eye of newt was thrown in the blue gunk that forms as the lovely blue dye chemicals gets it bit of oxygen does give the appearance that it could make a blind-worm sting. We churned up a batch of Jacquards Pre-Reduced Indigo   This is much easier to use and we have been having a great time experimenting with clamps, stitching and another bunch of resist options as well as different fabric types.

Today I'm sharing some photos of the mixing and clamping and dipping....
Tomorrow I'll post some additional photos of the the fabric results. Hope you decide to pull out the cauldron and make some trouble of your own!


Valerie Kamikubo said...

This looks like so much fun! I am looking forward to the luscious blue results.

Rose Hughes said...

it really was fairly easy and definitely fun with the Jarcquard... and hopefully you'll like the results!

Ballygarrett Art Studio said...

This looks fun but I wonder did you need any technical knowledge to do this?
The clamps are used for patterns? or have they another purpose? I'd love to hear more about the process. Your design group is amazing.