Patch of Blue

Focusing on dyeing small pieces of cotton using fiber reactive indigo blue dye, students will learn techniques such as resist dyeing, pole dyeing, dye painting, and low water immersion dyeing.  Little patches of indigo art will be created and over-dyed to add zing and color.  The indigo patches will then be turned into a small composition, along with a scarf in the Boro sensibility.  Students will walk away with a variety of dyed patches, a small composition, and a beautiful patch of blue scarf done with hand stitching.  Students will walk away with more dyeing skills along with fine turning hand stitching.

Patch of Blue Supply List

  • Fabric:
    • 2 yds. Muslin
    • Bag of scraps
    • Crib size all cotton batting
  • Cotton scarf (or bring one of your own/or make one)
    • This one works well—from Dharma–CS15 – Cotton Gauze Scarves – 15″ X 60″
    • Not a knit or stretchy scarf    
  • Dye Materials:
    • Indigo Blue fiber reactive dye—8 oz.
    • 1 lb. soda ash fixer
    • 2 oz. fiber reactive dye—2 or 3 other colors
    • Urea—1 lb.
    • Mesh laundry bag—med. Size
    • Plastic kitchen strainer
    • 4—5 quart size containers
    • 4—5 cup containers
    • Mixing tools
    • Small bucket for water at your table
    • Rubber gloves
    • Apron
    • 2 large size peanut butter type jars with lids
    • 2 yd. plastic drop cloth or shower curtain liner
    • 2 oz. Synthrapol
    • Paper towels
    • 2– 2-cup plastic measuring cups
    • Clamps, clips, rubber bands, Lego toys for resist techniques
    • Tablespoon measuring spoon
    • Optional–Tiny clips available at Amazon 
    • Stamping tools/surface design tools
    • Hardware tool—rubber base with handle (used as a spreader)
    • Scraper tool with gridded teeth
  • Hand stitching materials
    • Pearl cotton
      • in a thickness you prefer
      • make sure you have a few shades of blue
      • I like size 8 & 12
      • use what you prefer
      • Valdani brand is lovely to work with—variegated would be my recommendation
      • 2–3 skeins of pearl cotton
    • Larger eye–needs that fit the thread—chenille needles work well
  • Needle threader tool (optional)
  • Thimble—leather ones with a metal insert work well (optional)
  • Straight pins