A Woad Vat and a Slinky

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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.
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Different fabrics produce different shades of blue.
Undoing the ties.
The pattern was revealed after undoing all the string and bands.Image
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The ‘reveal’.

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