So on the Saturday after the book launch, I decided I deserved a little break, and signed up for an indigo class at a local fiber studio. I was super excited, and I’ve always been the advance prep sort, so I decided I’d snag some napkins and do a bit of work ahead of time (as always, amazon links are affiliate links).
I went, I dyed, and…eh. I don’t know if it was because I was tired from the launch or because it was hot or something else, but I wasn’t all that thrilled with the results. The color was super light, and the patterns were not distinct, and I just didn’t care for it. So I decided to fix it. I bought an indigo kit, dragged some buckets out of the garage, and got to work.
I tied up the napkins again (rubber bands people, you need lots and lots and lots of rubber bands) and tossed them in some water to soak.
I let it sit for a while (cough, overnight, but some lovely folks online have told me that was unnecessary and a few minutes would do just as well) then pulled everything to get some air (and watch the show as they went from green to blue in the space of a moment or two).
I did this for a total of four dip/air cycles. By that time, they’d stopped turning green when they went back in the dye, and the dye itself looked blue instead of green too, so I decided I’d likely gotten as much out of it as I could.
I hosed the ever living crap out of them while they were still bundled up (here’s where I say seriously nice things about having a pressure washer…forget cleaning the fence, this is much more fun), left them in the sun for a few hours to get mostly dry, then snipped the rubber bands. And that’s where we’ll pick up next time!