It is always a risk, I guess...
Dipping the edges of an already stitched piece in the indigo.
Dipping into, just like cutting into something already so far into process, can be difficult for some. We love the thing so early on. Right? But form is temporary anyway.
I usually wait till the vat is almost exhausted, so the dye isn't too potent and the staining is gradual. I dip and dip gingerly, seeking a soft edge.
The piece has to be wet, so that is a risk as well, since everything moves around and I work with such fragile old cloth and old cloth can often lose color or even worse, run, especially reds. And the indigo can travel where you don't want it or then even you might not even like the result.
I love doing it, it is exhilarating.
And most often it offers the results I expect. Or more. (Here it created a sense of safety and Oneness.) And if not, well, I keep at it. Sometimes it changes everything.
I called this Marshmallow Dyeing. (
I will put that in the glossary later I did that) The soft dyed edge. Some of you were there. Some of you have just arrived. ( and always a thank you to those of you who donate toward my free content, I try to respond but messages do not always reach you)
This process has so much possibility. Not always obvious in some pieces I make if I do not mention it. But I use it a lot.
Not as applicable with other dyes, indigo dyes so quickly since it is based on oxidation. It's nature led me here.