Traditional Quilts, Indigo Party and Indigo Overdye

We’re halfway through the school holidays and usually knee-deep in tomatoes by now, but this year the crop is a little disappointing. Maybe it’s the strange weather to blame, or my rather intermittent watering.
Still, the gourds are making up for it. They are enormous! These leaves are as big as tea trays and lots of fruit have set. I have no idea what we’ll do with them, but they are fun to grow.
We’re still going through our photos from Festival of Quilts. As you might know, for years and years we taught City & Guilds creative craft subjects including Patchwork and Quilting, and so we always enjoy keeping up with the City & Guilds Bursary prize at the Festival. This year’s winner was Julie Pywell. Here she is with her collection of work. We really enjoyed the use of discharge fabrics.
While on the subject of Festival, we also loved many of the quilts in the Traditional category. In fact, that’s probably where we spent most time looking at the quilts. Maybe that would surprise you as our work isn’t particularly traditional to look at, but we so admire the heritage of quiltmaking and the technical skill that is so often prevalent in that category. This year was no exception and we’ve picked out a few to share with you including this beauty by Sandy Chandler. See more Here

This week we’ve entertained ourselves and our friends with an indigo vat. Four kids and three adults had a very happy day preparing fabrics and filling the garden with blue.
My friends had never done indigo dyeing before and loved it! In anticipation, one had headed to Ikea and picked up a bargain cotton duvet set for £8 and four cushion covers for about £2 each. They all went in the vat and came out looking fantastic. Needless to say I will be heading to Ikea soon to pick up some for myself! You can see the duvet cover and cushion covers in the photo above.
And it’s pretty obvious what all the best dressed kids will be wearing this summer season – shibori indigo t-shirts! The children loved preparing the garments and watching the magic as they turned blue before their eyes. They’re all only 5 and 6 years old and so enjoyed the day.

New Video Workshop – Indigo Overdye

We just love indigo, it has such an enduring appeal, that gentle blue is so easy to work with and live with. After having the vat going for several days, I started to overdye some fabrics and the results are fantastic. In today’s video I’ll show you just what I’ve done to achieve the effects and I think you’ll love them just as much as me. If you’ve not tried indigo before I’d encourage you to get together with some creative friends and give it a try.
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Love Linda and Laura xx