This is ‘Middle Passage I’ after dunking the lower edge into the indigo vat. By adding more resists, I managed to retain more of the original fabric than I did with the other Middle Passage piece (where I turned the bottom four inches of the quilt into a solid band of dark blue).
I like how some of the dye concentrated on the stitches.
The indigo edge visually relates to purchased hand-dyed fabric pieced above the border, which is nice. I think the process would’ve worked better had I dyed the cloth prior to piecing — the batting absorbed a lot of the dye that might have otherwise saturated fabric, for one thing. Below, is a section of the quilt that did NOT get immersed.
This morning, I twisted and dunked yet ANOTHER Middle Passage quilt (III?).
I can’t show you how it looks yet, but it is the least successful of the three by a lot. Here’s how it looked prior to submersion:
Because I liked the red batik border on this one, I folded the quilt and immersed the mid-section.
Because I’m unhappy with the result, tomorrow I will probably go ahead and dunk the entire lower half. I wish I knew how to apply a rice paste – I would use that to preserve some of the red.