Indigo is one of the colors of the rainbow, as easily recognized as it is fashionable. From its origins as a naturally produced dye, most common in India, to its ubiquitous appearance in blue jeans today, indigo has traveled far and wide. Nicola Gouldsmith shows you how to use indigo to dye fabric in different ways, including dip-dyeing, tie-dyeing, batik, shibori, and arashi, as well as basic plain dyeing. She then shows you how to use the results of your dyeing to make beautiful items to wear, and for the home, such as a tie-dyed t-shirt, a batik wall hanging, and a dip-dyed shawl. With the help of the clear step-by-step instructions for each project, a full section in each chapter explaining the relevant method of dyeing, and a techniques section to explain any sewing or other skills needed, you will soon be able to create your own indigo world.
Nicola Gouldsmith is the founder of Halfpenny Home, an art and crafts shop which has also had an online presence since 2010, in the website of the same name, www.halfpennyhome.co.uk, and in her blog, www.halfpennyhome.blogspot.co.uk. Nicola loves making things, growing things, and living in the countryside. Recently, the Halfpenny Home shop has relocated to a disused mill, where Nicola runs popular classes on natural dyeing, sewing and other crafts. She is the author of 'Indigo: Dye It, Make It', and the co-author of 'A Green Guide to Country Crafts' (both CICO Books). The author is based in Suffolk, UK.