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Community Indigo Vat
March 15 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Come immerse yourself in the sea of Sonoma County Blue! Fibershed member, Craig Wilkinson, has provided our community with it’s first locally grown, Japanese indigo vat. This is a unique indigo recipe as the color comes from composted indigo (sukumo) as opposed to an extract or pigment. During the 90 minutes one-one-one access to our special, composted indigo vat, you’ll get a chance to achieve different shades of blue through multiple dips on fabric, yarn or fiber. Some shibori supplies are available if you want to play with resist techniques, though we recommend you prepare your fabric ahead of time.
Please note, this is self-serve with minimal instruction. There will be a brief 15-minute introduction to the history of the vat, how to properly use it and rinse your fabric. This is NOT a class.
Please weigh your items (dry) ahead of time to ensure it falls within the weight category (see below). If you have more than the allotted amount, you may sign up for 2 sessions. Maximum weight is double to allow the use of the vat for other users. Instructions for properly preparing your items for a successful dye experience will be e-mailed the week prior to your session. Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting a little blue and bring a plastic bag to bring home your wet items. The studio has aprons, gloves, tongs and a small supply of resist tools on hand.
Nitty Gritty Details: Access to the vat is based on Registration.
To ensure that each person has access to a lively, fully colored vat, there is a weight limitation (dry weight) per person:
Yarn/Fiber: 250 grams
Fabric: 500 grams
It is highly recommended to pre-soak wool overnight. If you will be bringing wool to dye, please weigh before you pre-soak.
Only 1 person per session. Call for questions! 707-242-3400