Thursday, 18 July 2013

Indigo ... or not?

The elusive indigo has indeed been hard to find around here - so I have a bit of a mixed bag this time and no fresh photographs from where I live - but I did perhaps manage to find some indigo in my photo archives and in my stash of fabrics.

There was this beautiful tropical butterfly - I don't know its name, but it was seen on a trip to a butterfly farm in Warwickshire with my daughter, so happy memories too ...


... and this photograph taken at twilight on a trip to Venice a few years ago ...


... and this piece of cotton fabric acquired at a craft fair (can't remember where) and which uses stitch as a resist ...


These I felt sure were truly indigo but there is this wonderful old piece of farm machinery - at the muted end of indigo ... ?


... and this piece of silk from my trip to Thailand - nudging into violet, ready for the next colour ...?



... and perhaps there could be some indigo in this glorious pile of spun sari silk - a favourite thread of mine - but I am not convinced ...


I will leave you to be the judge as I think it's all in the eye of the beholder but looking has been fun.

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  1. That butterfly looks huge! I'm still finishing up my indigo collection but it has been a pleasure to be on the lookout for it, especially during the summer.

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    1. It was! My three year old granddaughter was fascinated - and horrified when we came across one dead on the ground. They are so short-lived and fragile.

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  2. A beautiful selection of indigos! I love that last photo of the yarn..the other colors make the indigo pop!--Julie

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    1. I love the sari silks and buy hanks of them in every colour I find and as strips as well as spun yarns. I've used them a lot when I weave and love their texture. I'm getting ready to use them now for some weaving developed from my Cotswold edge work ... such fun!

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  3. What beauty you have found in indigo! I especially love the Venice at twilight image. Lovely!

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    1. VMT It was surprising what was there to be found when I started looking - but that's what this is all about I guess.

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  4. Wow - so many possibilities. That butterfly stunned me, and I loved Venice at dusk - both of those gave me the sense of indigo best...that's all I seem to have of that colour 'a sense"...

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    1. I remember that evening in Venice with very fond memories - it was a beautiful night after a storm. Perhaps that is what gave the colour - the aftermath of a storm ... and I do so know what you mean about only having a 'sense' of indigo. It is very hard to pin down.

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  5. Oh, that butterfly! A lovely set of indigos, Charlton, and all capture a hint (or more) of that most difficult to capture colour.

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    1. They were indeed so lovely - and there were dozens of them. And as for indigo, as always, this exercise has made me look anew at the colour of things.

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