I love indigo! I love the colour, (always in my watercolour palette), I love the process of dyeing with indigo, even the smell (it’s fairly stinky stuff) and especially the results.
Wherever we have travelled I have managed to set up a small indigo vat, usually in a plastic bucket! This means I have to work on small pieces of cloth, and then use them together to make an item.
I use resist techniques to create my patterns. Stitching, clamping, knotting and folding the cloth before dyeing all create wonderful results, and are traditional Japanese shibori techniques.
I use strong polyester thread for stitching, and love this method as you can follow a design or a drawing. Folding the cloth creates more of a repeat pattern.
Clamping is a very effective technique and all sorts of things can be used to clamp the cloth from hair-clips and paperclips to c-clamps and vices.