Amber Rose Ostaszewski
Gathering Blue in 2022
It was a quick close to the summer, wrapping up my three-class indigo course, Gathering Blue, at the Weavers Guild of Greater Cincinnati. We harvested the indigo right in time before the cold fronts rolled in and the winds were sent howling up the coast, through the plains, and reaching Cincinnati. A full class of 10 students made the harvest and extraction process light work, and as a result, we were able to extract 6.6 oz of indigo pigment from our persicaria tinctoria plants. We also did some dyeing, both with fresh leaves and in vats, because the urge for blue shades is undeniable. The students made some stunning samples, and I was tickled to hear they too, were under the spell of the japanese indigo plant.