Before I jump into my “topic of the week”, I’d like to make you aware of an urgent need – face masks for health care workers.
A dear friend of mine has spearheaded an initiative to get quilters sewing reusable cotton masks which will be distributed to hospitals in the greater Milwaukee area. Even if you’re not nearby, please consider sewing some masks and helping with the need in your area. All the information can be found on my website at: https://www.chrisquilts.net/urgent-face-mask-need/. Thanks!
And now – Roketsu Dyeing!
All of the classes we took in Japan were great, but this one was hands down my favorite 😊! It was also our last class – and what a finale it was!
We were each invited to decide whether we wanted to create a t-shirt or runner, and to choose a pattern.
We sat two to a special table with a hot wax pot and brushes in the center, and a built in lightbox.
After “painting” the first coat of wax, the light tables were turned off and a second coat was applied.
And then if was time to prepare to dye:
Our pieces were divided into two groups and we took turns stirring the indigo dye.
This is Jim’s fish – quite impressive!
The pieces were then removed from the dye, rinsed and hung to dry a bit.
Next the pieces were put into boiling water and we observed our instructor stirring and teaching as the wax was melted out of the fabric. Thank goodness Izumi was interpreting.
From there they were rinsed, had the water spun out of them and handed to us to iron dry.
Once again we had a fantastic group of teacher/helpers.
And a good time was had by all!
It’s been a joy for me to share the fiber related memories of our trip to Japan, and I hope you’ve enjoyed it. I have to admit, I have one more blog post about the trip in me because it was such a fascinating part of our tour – “Food In Japan”. That will happen next week 😊.
And, on a non-quilting note:
This past week one of my granddogs, Mosely, passed away. He was almost 13 and died of natural causes. This has hit my son’s family hard – Moseley was a very sweet dog.
A few years ago I made this quilt of him in a class with Barbara Beasley and I decided this would be the perfect time to finish that quilt and gift it to them. Praise the Lord – it was a great comfort.
Moseley, you will be missed!