Some 35’s from my weeklong stay at the Marshfield School of Weaving in August, where I finally did their four day Indigo Intensive, and naturally had as much fun taking photos as I did plunking stuff into vats. It’s always an amazing experience to drop into a different world for a little while, and truly, there is a magic to everything in the Northeast Kingdom. Even their breakfast sandwiches are like a holy experience, what with the bacon, the eggs and the cheese coming from right up the road, and the bagels baked each day in house (when within 25 miles of Plainfield, my advice to you is this: go to Hestia Espresso Bar and you shall not be sorry).
For this workshop, we started by learning a bit about the history of indigo, which is really referring to a chemical compound found in a variety of plants across the globe (thus we have Indian indigo, woad, Japanese indigo, etc. that have all been a part of these cultures for centuries). Then we jumped right in to learning about four different fermentation vats and how to properly prepare fabrics and fibers to accept dye. After that, it was all fun and games with shibori, block printing, and overdyes.
To see a complete listing of courses offered, head to marshfieldschoolofweaving.com.