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Blue and Black

Indigo pigment

I’m trying to use my Japanese indigo (Persicaria tinctoria) before frost hits and kills it, and it won’t be long. I planted it late this year and have only managed 5 ‘picks’ which were made around 15 days apart, to allow for regrowth. 783 more words


Colours of America: Discovering Maya Blue

Azul maya a.k.a maya blue, is the bright blue pigment used by the Maya and Aztec in their pottery, paintings and textiles. The fascinating thing about maya blue is it’s ability to withstand sun, rain and all the chemical aggression that nature can throw at it, for centuries! 349 more words


a bit of boro and a bit of blue

Last week, I upcycled some fabric remnants and throw-aways to add texture to an ombre-dyed scarf that I made. Finally, some boro in my wardrobe!


Japanese Indigo

Whether a mixture of blue on white printing, white stitching on idigo, blue stitching on white or Japanese Shibori tie-dye, I cannot help but love these bold designs. 23 more words


A quick post: indigo leaf prints

Just to prove I’m still playing with indigo, although I’ve had less time than I thought I would.

If you’ve only got a few leaves, try leaf prints. 223 more words


Building a Natural Dye Reference Library, Part 4 (and part 1 of 2)

After reading– poring over, really– A Dyer’s Garden by Rita Buchanan, I used her name as a search word on Amazon, which brought up the above gem, Dyes From Nature, by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Record, published in 1990, with Rita Buchanan as the guest editor. 370 more words

pH damages protein fibres: a test.

“Protein fibres prefer acid conditions; plant fibres prefer alkaline conditions” is a truism that I’ve repeated myself on many occasions. It’s a commonplace when discussing indigo dyeing, as the vats are generally alkaline: indigo is more soluble at high pH. 669 more words