Monday, March 26, 2018

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Indigo

I'm sorry that this post is a day late. I'm struggling with Sunday evenings. They seem quite busier than those Sunday evenings when I knew I had to settle down and get lesson plans written then get things ready for school. I'm going to have to work on a  better Sunday evening routine.

Each dip accumulates more pigment on the fabric. This stepped cloth shows the saturation from 0-10 dips in an Iron Vat.

Wild Blue Indigo Seeds
Indigo plant -- a member of the pea family

This late SQI is supposed to be about indigo, which is a deep blue/navy color that has been around since before the Europeans discovered the New World. The indigo plant has over 750 species and can be found in the subtropic and tropics of the world. The oldest known use of indigo is from Peru, but the Crusaders brought the dye to Europe as one of the spices bought and sold during that time. 

DIY Shibori Indigo Bookmark

Producing natural indigo is both expensive and time-consuming, so in the 1880's Adolf von Baeyer determined a way to make a synthetic indigo that is faster and cheaper. However, like so many other synthetic products, the byproducts of synthetic indigo are hazardous to the earth. Nevertheless, jeans and other items which use this synthetic dye are popular and used widely. 

indigo dye dish towel tutorial on
Did you know that denim (no matter what color blue it is dyed) produces such waste products as formaldehyde, hydrogen cyanide and other hazardous chemicals? Not only are these chemicals used and produced during the making of the dye, they are also produced when the fabric is dyed and when it is finished (washed and rinsed for human use). 

The majority of information for this article came from here.

I don't know about you, but I'm truly surprised by this information. I honestly thought I'd find that farmers are raising indigo plants and those plants are processed for use in fabric. 

21 DIY Indigo Projects to Dye For via Brit + Co.

Africa | Garra cloth from Sierra Leone | Made using the tie and dye method. Cotton and indigoMokume lines and circles

//\\  indigo dyeing class from Lookout and Wonderland

Nautilus fiber arts: shibori, indigo dyedBatik Indigo Mudcloth DIY | Francois et Moi

Regardless of how indigo is made or used, there are bound to be some beautiful quilts already made using this rich color. 

Indigo Shibori Patchwork (2)                                                                                                                                                     More

Quilty Love | Scrappy Indigo Log Cabin Quilt | Uses a variety of Cotton and Steel, Art Gallery Denims and Essex Linen.

Vintage Indigo Boro Patch Diamond Quilt/ Natural Linen, 58 x 76 inches, cloth & goods

Vintage Indigo Boro Patch Diamond Quilt/ Natural Linen

Hello!   Today I'm going to show some examples of a trend that is going around the Modern Quilting community that has become of interest to ...

Indigo plaids, Wa category (traditional Japanese fabrics. Tokyo quilt festival 2006

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Entry #2

This cool spin quilt features not only a unique look but also a fun color palette to create an adorable quilt everyone will love!

RJR Malam Batik Echoes by Jinny Beyer Quilt - White

Here's hoping that you learned something about this beautiful color and also that you are inspired to create using it as well. It's been a favorite color of mine since I read about it in third or fourth grade in a book that told a story based on history or biography and illustrated both the story and the meaning of uncommon words. I'd love to find that book today. It was my first historical fiction and likely the one that hooked me on reading.

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