The Indigo/Walnut Tote
Last week while I was giving the indigo vat a workout, I overdyed a tote bag I started last summer. I was cleaning up after a slapdash experiment to use a Rubbermaid bin as a solar oven for Mason jar dyeing. There was a bit of walnut dye left in the bottom of a jar. I think there might have been some vinegar or something else in there too (did I mention I didn't take notes?). Anyway, I didn't want to put that liquid back in the walnut dye container. So I scruched up a pre-made canvas tote bag and shoved it into the jar. No scouring or presoaking. You can see it didn't dye evenly (just the way I like it).
|Walnut dye on canvas tote bag|
Last week, I finally washed the bag. After rinsing it, I kept it damp. Then it went into the indigo vat. Here's what it looked like after oxidizing this time (a quicker and more dramatic process with indigo).
|Walnut dye then indigo after rinsing|
Over the weekend I added a couple of outside pockets to this bag.
|Pocket fabric is my Doodle Leaf design from Spoonflower|
Now I need some advice: Is this guy-ish enough for a college-age man who shops at the farmers market to appreciate as a Christmas gift?
The Doorknob Bag
While cleaning this fall, I ran across another natural dye experiment from a few years ago. This week, I used it to make a bag to hang on the doorknob in my studio. My
The bag is a bit wide for a doorknob hanger because I wanted it to fit a notepad as well as receipts. So it doesn't flop on the knob, I snipped the ends off a couple of electrical cable ties and threaded them into a casings at the rim.
While working on this bag, I tried to remember why I never did any more dying on huck toweling. I love this stuff with or without traditional huck darning embroidery.
So now I'm thinking of other ways I might use huck toweling. Feel free to chime in!