A Woad Vat and a Slinky

Dipping the material in the woad vat.

The indefatigable Mrs Susie Wareham took possession of the garden with a group of teenagers from Threads, a local project aimed at getting teenage girls at risk of involvement in gangs into fashion.  Susie provided a stimulating and absorbing workshop using the king of dyes – woad.  The girls had previously made bags and tops which they twisted and tied and submersed into the vat. They used string, thread, wood, elastic bands and even a slinky to create patterns.

Woad-dyed garments drying.
The garments were left in the vat for ten minutes then hung out to dry.
Different fabrics produce different shades of blue.
Undoing the ties.
The pattern was revealed after undoing all the string and bands.Image
The ‘reveal’.



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