Studio Snapshots | Glue Resist and Indigo Dyeing for Flaps of my New Cross Body Leather Strap Bag

Now that I’ve got the design of my new Cross Body Leather Strap bag set, it was time to dye the fabric for it. The body of the bag will be plain indigo dyed Essex, which is a 55/45 Linen/Cotton blend fabric, with all the focus being on the flap, which I will be creating inspired by mudcloth designs using glue resist and indigo vat dyeing. So I first sketched out a bunch of designs on scale models of the flap:

Then I traced out 8 flaps and got to work with my glue:

After drying overnight, I got to indigo dyeing them on a beautiful Saturday morning:

We have a BUMPER crop of pomegranates that are just about ripe!

By the end of the day, I’d washed the glue out:

and I’m happy that I’ve got 8 fun flaps and am ready to get to work on them!!!!

Which one is your favorite????

2 Responses

  1. Love them all but the arrows are my favorite.
    I have to let you know your into class has lead me down a rabbit hole. Now I am dyeing the colour wheel in alternate primary dyes…next on the list is Indigo. My daughter has even got the bug.
    White bolts of fabric have arrived in the basement……
    You are a great teacher and I hope my hubby gives me a class for my birthday and one for Christmas.