Are You Ready To Dye Some Fabric For Sewing? Basic Materials You’ll Need For Indigo Dyeing

Found a 5-gallon stainless steel pot on Amazon for $21.20 that I’ll use as a new indigo dye vat. Web Link to Amazon

Checklist for Indigo Dyeing for Indigenous Fashion & Quilting

  • Must Have Supplies: 2 stainless steel pots, 2 single burner hot plates, measuring cups, outdoor clothesline and/or folding clothes drying rack, long handle stainless spoon & large wooden stirring stick.
  • Must Have Materials: Natural plant based indigo powder (Maiwa), an indigo recipe, dye auxiliaries described in your recipe and either collected rainwater or purchased distilled water.  *See links in previous blog post.
  • Fabric for Dyeing:  NOTE: My process is for dyeing cotton, linen, hemp and rayon cloth for quilting and making ribbon skirts. Wool for Eastern Woodland Blanket Dance and crochet/weaving is a separate tutorial.  *See information in previous blog post.
  • Materials to Scour Fabric: Either washing soda or soda ash and blue Dawn detergent.  *See instructions in previous blog post.
  • Materials to Make Resist Patterns: Twine, clothespins, scissors, C-clamp, embedded objects (sea shells, canning lids, small river rocks), PVC pipe, matching wooden blocks, embroidery needle & upholstery thread, plastic clamps.
  • Must Have Supplies for Opening Bundles:  Heavy mil plastic to cover work space and plenty of P-A-T-I-E-N-C-E.

Published by Carola Jones, Artist

Indigenous Artist, Writer, Designer | Internet Techie | Pow Wow Dancer | Lover of Dyeing Cloth Especially With Indigo, Madder & Marigold | 4th Generation Hand Embroidery & Sewing Enthusiastic | Working Traveler | NC Toisnot & Mattamuskeet Tuscarora & FL Seminole | Algonquin Gullah Mixed Blood

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