Clay Resist + Indigo Dyeing With Kristin Arzt of Scrambles Quilts, January 15-16, 2022


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Clay Resist + Indigo Dyeing With Kristin Arzt of Scrambles Quilts, January 15-16

This is an online workshop


In this class with Kristin Arzt, you will create unique patterns on fabric using clay resist and natural indigo dye. Learn how to mix your own natural clay paste to create beautiful resist patterns when dyeing in a natural indigo vat. You can screen print and paint with clay paste on natural fibers. The clay paste repels the indigo dye, leaving you with one-of-a-kind designs. We will also cover dyeing in natural indigo, vat care, upkeep, and maintenance. You will also learn the basics of mixing and maintaining a natural fructose indigo dye bath.

Did you see Kristin’s FEEDBACK FRIDAY? Watch it here!

Date/Time: Saturday, January 15, and Sunday, January 16, 10 am-1pm PT

We will send you the following class materials:
-Clay resist ingredients
-Indigo vat ingredients with enough indigo to make a 5 gallon vat.

You will need the following for the workshop:
– Access to water and a way to make it warm (tea kettle, stove top, etc)
– Warm water for mixing clay paste (~200 grams or 1 cup warm water)
– Gram scale
– Whisk, electric mixer, OR immersion blender (You can use your kitchen whisk, bowls, etc for mixing the clay. We are not working with any harsh metal salts in this class.)
– Large mixing bowl
– Sealable 16-32 ounce container (Mason or glass jar, Tupperware, etc)
– Dust mask or respirator
–  5-gallon or larger indigo vat
– Dye gloves
– Long-handled spoon
– Tarp or coverings to protect tables and floor, if needed.
– 1 bucket for water
– Spray bottle with water
– 1 empty bucket
– Paintbrushes
– Screen printing screens (exposed or unexposed)
– Stencils
– Blocks for block printing
– Cardstock
– Scissors

What type of indigo vat are we using in class?
– This class will teach this method with a natural fructose vat.

Can I use any type of indigo vat with this method?
– You can use most types of indigo vats for this method – fructose, iron, and thiox vats all work well. The only vat that has less promising results is a lye-reduced indigo vat.Does this method work with other natural dyes?
– No, clay paste resist only works with indigo dye.What type of fibers does this method work with?
– Any natural fibers will work, from silk to cotton canvas. We highly recommend going to a thrift store to find natural fiber clothing to dye!Can I use clay from my yard?
– Yes, you can use the dirt from your yard, especially if you have clay-rich soil. Soak it overnight in water, then strain it through cotton muslin and let it dry into a powder form. I’ll do a quick demo on this for anyone interested!Clay kit includes:
20 grams Magnesium Sulfate
40 grams Gum Arabic
60 grams Clay

Indigo kit includes: (Instant method in a glass jar)
50 grams Organic Indigo
100 grams Calcium Hydroxide
150 grams Fructose Powder

ABOUT KRISTIN ARZT: Kristin Arzt is a natural dyer, educator, gardener and designer based in Oakland, California. Kristin believes that by exploring the collision of textiles, plants and sustainability, she can help make the study of natural dyes accessible to everyone through education and enthusiasm. She is the Textiles Department Head at The Crucible, a non-profit organization dedicated to making arts education accessible to local youth and the surrounding community.

This workshop is open to international students.  We will contact you with shipping cost estimates after you register.  Thank you!

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Weight 500 g


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