The Dyed Patch

The not so accidentally dyed puzzle piece

There is nothing new about shibori. Resist dyeing.  It's an age old technique.  A while back I began to  use this technique more specifically to create loose patches destined to be puzzle pieces and components in my work.  I often use them as bases to create stitched symbols.  They are now part of my story.

My first introduction to Indigo was through my work as a textile designer , my day job career. Later I ran across Laura (Indigo Night Owl), she's knitting more these days... way back when she was indigo dyeing. She sent me some little indigo scraps with  white circles like moons.

I also, around the same time,  became friends with Glennis,  and learned a bit about shibori and indigo, later taking her online classes.  Which are fab by the way.  here and here.

The moon faced lion was born.

It was an idea



Dyeing patches,  for me,  contains huge intention.

To create components and symbols for my work.

To redefine traditional patchwork a bit.

To use up scraps and give them new life

AUDIO-Dyed Patches

Dyed Patches


Link to  indigo content  from  WHiSPERING COLOR

Wish building a home was this simple

In September I will begin to work with looser patches, in preparation for looser building.

I will try to put some simple dyed patches in the shop by next week in case.



  1. Pam S.

    Endless possibilities with all those dyed pieces! I have to stop thinking and just start doing some stitching with all the fabric bits I’ve collected over the years…..

  2. Joan Hinchcliff

    thanks for reopening this door. i think I had gone through bits and pieces of this earlier but now my dyeing interest is more intense it means more! Another rabbit hole to head down.

  3. carroleb

    Thank you for the link to the colour series, beautiful. Brilliant idea with the magnet as resist! As an Indigo dyer, you’ve prompted me to explore this more with the patchwork in mind. Exciting

  4. Lou

    This is So exciting Jude- your enthusiasm back then in your indigo videos fizzes! Thank you for sharing so much – there is a huge amount here to think about. Iindigo certainly looks easier than the chemical dyes. I love the dipping of stitched work and the halo marshamallows.

    • jude

      Indigo is not that easy to master in terms of maintaining a vat. There is science. If you use a chemical vat it is more reliable but not natural. it is easier to get certain kinds of results with indigo, so it is a kind of love of it for that…

  5. Jen NyBlom

    Jude, I have dyeing/dyed patch question; some of the shapes appear to have a “white halo” effect around them– is that simply something that happens naturally, or is that planned? Do you dye with wet or dry cloth when you are doing quick resist indigo patches? <<>> (I know I need to go through the entire Whispering Color class, –I will at a later time) Thanks!! xoxox

    • jude

      I am dyeing over commercially dyed fabrics, and that is something unpredictable. It is a reaction at the edges of the templates where the dye collects and reacts to some commercial dyes. And it happens with a vat that is reduced chemically. It was not planned but it is cool.

  6. JJ Foley

    I’m being reminded of how I used math templates as a kid to create puppet drawings…great fun then and I’d love to play with that again.

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