My friend Ingrid wants to know how I make indigo moons. Indigo moons are fun to make when you have the right tools such as indigo vat or eco dye bath, clamps and rubber/plastic round disks. I used quite a few different fabrics for indigo moon depending on what I have on hand at the time. The loose weave fabric wouldn't give nice clear edge. Silk always gives you clean shape edges, but I like to smudge my edges to give them an eclipse look. You can do that by moving the disks over a bit after a couple of dips then re dipping it again a couple of more times (this technique only works with indigo dye).
Here are three moons from three different fabrics. In the front is cotton with an eclipse look. On the top left is noire silk, and on the top right is kimono silk.
I dyed multiple moons at the same time by cutting the strips 5-6" wide and fan folding the strips into square shapes. I placed the disks on both sides of the folded fabric. I secured the disks tightly using clamps.
I use lightweight clamps which can be found in any hardware store. The clamps have to fit in the saucepan so get smaller ones.
I prepared this one when I did the eco-dyed bath the other day just to show you. I was using noire silk this time because it was convenient to find.
You noticed I had to turn the clamps so they would fit in my saucepan. The dyed bath was leftover from a eucalyptus bath I did in a previous batch.
I boiled the folded fabric about an hour, waited until it cooled down, and then took a peek at the result.
The result is quite good. The moon on a dark night! The noire silk has quite a loose weave so the dye seeped in at the edges. The result is not a full moon, but I like the effect.
Here is the whole piece before I cut it apart. I can make up to 8 or more moons at the same time. Some of these will travel to the Netherlands next time I send a parcel there!
I add an indigo moon on most of my stitching projects. I also give them away as gifts. I think that is how Ingrid saw them and wanted to know how I make them. So, Ingrid this is a lesson for you.
Until next time