Bananas, Indigo & Dragonflies

9 Jun

Yesterday was simmering overripe bananas and starting an indigo pot to ferment

 Last week was clamping a silk scarf with a dragonfly fold and dipping in pomegranate given to me by a dye buddy.

   Today was checking the indigo pot for bloom & color & dipping some skeins to see how the banana sugar juice worked.

 And finally “attempting” to refold the dragonflies somewhere close to the original, reclamping with detail side of wood block and giving it an indigo dip.   

   It’s fun and you do have to practice acceptance of slight misslignments. But…it gives movement to the flight of color, don’t you agree?

14 Responses to “Bananas, Indigo & Dragonflies”

  1. lulu June 9, 2015 at 8:47 pm #

    This looks like it could be a bit tedious but a satisfying project. Just curious, are you still weaving?


    • debmcclintock June 9, 2015 at 9:05 pm #

      Still weaving but stuck at winding warps. Too many other problem solving opportunities in life that have dampened my weaving joy. But it is coming back. In the meantime there is always color!


      • lulu June 9, 2015 at 11:36 pm #

        Color and it uses intrigues me more than weaving these days. You just get tired of throwing a shuttle after years of weaving.

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  2. Caroline Harper June 9, 2015 at 8:58 pm #

    Love it!

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  3. Connie Elliott June 9, 2015 at 9:21 pm #

    Gorgeous and whimsical! Will you be bringing it to the CHT conference? I hope to see it there–


  4. Jeannette Wilson June 9, 2015 at 9:54 pm #

    Very interesting. That deep copper color looks like some pictures I have seen from using eucalyptus leaves. I wonder if that was from the indigo or banana?

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    • debmcclintock June 9, 2015 at 10:23 pm #

      Jeanette, that is the intersection of the indigo and pomegranate colors. The banana sugar juice feeds the indigo pot, no impact on color. Since I am dipping the bundle snd hanging it to dry before I undo it some color pooling occurs from gravity. Nature’s whimsey introduced into the color play,


  5. debremaecker0319is June 9, 2015 at 11:36 pm #

    I love the slight non-alignment. “Perfection” is highly over-rated ūüėČ

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  6. arlee June 10, 2015 at 1:32 am #

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA love it, misalignment or not: Wabi-sabi!

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  7. trl710 June 11, 2015 at 7:16 pm #

    I have lots of pomegranates in the fall and they are never very sweet so I used them for dye but my color is much paler than yours–almost like a pinky beige wash. What did you mordant with?


    • debmcclintock June 11, 2015 at 7:34 pm #

      I mordanted with alum sulfate. The pomegranates were given to me in Nov, they spent the winter in the freezer. I pulled them out and simmered them over a few days. Skin, seeds & pulp were simmered. I then strained the solids out and used that to dye with. Heat did seem to set the color better. I have many Texas persimmon trees so that is what I usually use for local yellow tones. But it was fun to experiment with the frozen pomegranate.



  1. May 2015 | Kay Faulkner's Blog - June 11, 2015

    […] Some technical info:¬†Deb McClintock¬†has done extensive research on the looms of Laos. (She and I ravelled through Northern Vietnam together)¬†The following are her definitions of parts of the storage system of the Laotian looms. She also does some great natural dyes. […]


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