Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Mood Indigo

I received the supply list for the Indigo workshop I'm taking on Dec. 3 & 4. I was very excited to read that we'll learn some shibori techniques also. It looks like I have all of the needed supplies but I'm going to get some silk and linen to dye. I've been reading "Indigo Textiles: Technique and History" by Gosta Sandberg. It has a good amount of historical info and overviews of the different indigo dye techniques used around the world(with some nice photos too). I just picked up from inter-library loan "Indigo, Madder and Marigold" by Trudy van Stralen. I can't comment on it yet - haven't turned a page of it! The other fiber related book I'm reading is "The Root of Wild Madder: Chasing the History, Mystery, and Lore of the Persian Carpet" by Brian Murphy. So far it's an interesting and entertaining page turner. I'm learning alot about present-day Iran and Afghanistan and just as much about the Persian Empire.

4 comments:

Jenny J said...

Betsey -
You'll enjoy the magic of indigo with shibori techniques! INDIGO by Jenny Balfour-Paul is full of info and historic photos on indigo throughout the world. A really good hand-ons manual is Vivien Prideaux's A HANDBOOK OF INDIGO DYEING. I'm looking forward to hearing about your adventures with the blues.

Betsey said...

Thanks for the book info, Jenny. I was able to request the Balfour-Paul book from one of the local libraries.

Bonnie said...

Betsey, I hope it's a great workshop. Let us know how it goes and be sure to post some pics!

Betsey said...

Jenny,
I was able to get the Jenny B-Paul book from the library. It's really great and packed full of verything indigo. Thanks for telling me about it.