Last weekend, we had the pleasure of partnering with Maggie Pate with Inks and Thread to learn the intriguing technique of indigo dyeing fabric. The term Shibori is a Japanese term which encompasses various methods of dyeing cloth to create a pattern through binding, stitching, folding and twisting the fabric. The possibilities are infinite, and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to not only enjoy the fruits of our labor (nom nom), but also stain our hands blue with indigo. The workshop was held at Crabtree Farms, a beautiful Chattanooga non-profit, aimed at bringing urban sustainable agriculture to the local community. The setting was absolutely breathtaking, and the weather was perfect.
We took a ton of photos to document the event, so scroll down below and click on any photo for a close-up:
Maggie had some gorgeous samples she had done herself, and we were amazed to discover she had created her own indigo dyes from scratch. She made it from the original plant source, Indigotera tinctoria, or the common name, True Indigo. Who knew a pink flowering shrub could be so interesting? How on earth did someone discover that you could color something blue with it?
We were provided with our own craftily packaged scarf for dyeing. Maggie took a generous amount of time assisting each person wanting to create something unique and original. We came home with a few pieces, and we're now addicted. Custom Wit+Aroma linens, anyone? Hmm...
The ambiance was lovely on this balmy fall day, and our treats were very well received. Because our cookies are our signature recipe, we offered a take-home care package of cookies for our guests. We were excited to have had this opportunity and look forward to more in the near future.