I know that many of you are finally coming into your spring – with things warming up, plants budding out; gardening and planting might be on your mind. As you get some of that done and look forward to summer are you considering some indigo dyeing?
indigo flowering 4/30/13
If so, you might consider taking my online indigo dyeing class “Let’s Dye with Indigo“. Now is a good time to consider starting your vat as the weather warms up. I just started a new 40 gallon natural fermentation vat and within one week it was already producing beautiful blues. My class consists of two parts- the 5 lesson workshop plus the student forum. Both are very informative. You can easily jump from one to the other through links in the sidebar of each. Four (4) types of vats are explained and maintained. You choose which one is right for you.
adding the wetted out indigo into the new vat
Although this workshop covers 4 different vat types, continuing posts will focus on the fermentation vat. There have been a lot of things fermenting around here over this past year. Many having to do with how we go about our lives- what we add to it and what we take away from it; the marks we make, the marks we leave behind, perhaps leaving no mark at all! Fermentation has produced many of the best things we can enjoy in life- wine, beer, miso, bread, yogurt, cheese, pickled vegetables and so much more (even compost!).
Fermentation is a cellular process that occurs in an environment lacking oxygen that converts organic matter into simpler compounds and releases energy as a result (along with the byproduct of many delicious and useful things).
Pretty cool huh? Simplifying organic matter to create energy and other good things. I’m gonna stick with that. I’ll also be adding posts about growing and using indigo as well.
So let’s continue to dye indigo by fermentation this year. Let’s Experiment. Let’s Wonder. Are you in? If so, sign up here:
Let’s Dye with Indigo-online workshop
Why should you sign up now? For “This Week Only” (sounds like an infomercial!) I am adding in the Shibori Techniques on Silk -Self Study Online Workshop (usually sold separately for $25). The principles in the shibori techniques class can be applied to your indigo dyeing as well. This sale will be available only until this Saturday – giving me enough time to add you into the class before the Silk Study Tour to Japan departs. So both classes for the price of the indigo class. A sort of Sayonara Sale!
the daily dyer preview
Additionally, if you have been a part of my series the daily dyer for the past 5 months, you know we are entering the final month which will be broadcast from Japan. Thank you to all who have participated in that little experiment- I hope you have found some of it useful or at least entertaining. This last month should prove to be an exciting month. I have decided to continue there as well and will be offering two options for the daily dyer in the shop:
option one: continuing. for original subscribers only. this will secure your subscription through the end of the year. cost is $35
option two: new subscriber. here you will get access to the full year; the upcoming Japan Silk Study Tour posts and whatever lies beyond that. the past, the present, and the future. cost is $95.
Sign up in the shop here.