there's a little shop on ubud main road
owned by a javanese couple
that sells beautiful hand-spun and -woven plant-dyed textiles.
i've bought a few of their fabrics over the years.
this is a top i had made from one of the indigo-dyed batik fabrics...
so this time while in bali
i asked the owner of the shop
if he would teach me indigo dyeing.
he ordered 1/2 kg of indigo powder from java
plus a couple of other ingredients
and off we went...
the indigo powder is collected from the fermented leaf solution (see here).
we also had another dried leaf which intensifies the colour
and some natural soap to fix the colour.
all three were mixed into a bucket...
then we added some wool tops
and some silk scraps that i had tied up...
and here are some of the results...
more to come soon...
to receive the pdf tutorial just leave a message when buying the wool.
this tutorial was part of my Magic Fairy Wool online class
(i'm having a little trouble attaching pictures properly...)
we've just had a long weekend: friday the teenager had study break and paul and sebastian had midterm break. and off they went for 30 hours (did i really count the hours ?!) to visit paul's mum. which left me free to catch up with all the housework and making tutorials and finishing costumes and... and by the time they came home on saturday night i was utterly exhausted!
then followed two days of intense rehearsals and final costume changes. this community play is turning into quite an event and by now i am so excited i can't believe i am actually looking forward to the performance. this is after a lifetime of stage fright! we will perform it four times over the next two weeks with rehearsals in between - a truly busy time!
here's a picture of the tutor wearing the hat... and some pictures of my wool creatures that i've been making for the tutorials...
i started posting instructions for little animals for the magic fairy wool class in our online classroom on monday. so far we have been making rabbits and sheep and now birds. i made this gouldian finch this morning. they are very beautiful little birds, that live in small pockets in the remote kimberley region of the far north-west of australia. sebastian still remembers with amazemant all the bird watchers we met on our last trip up to the kimberley in july 2009. they all wanted to get a glimpse of the gouldian finch, some had come from overseas! but this little bird is very elusive and most people went home dissapointed - we didn't see one either :(
image found on wikipedia