The Amuletic Apron

with India Flint

The Amuletic Apron

Join India Flint in beautiful Newburgh for a long weekend in October, 2016 to begin building your personal amuletic apron, the garment that will keep you safe from stains and splashes while also becoming the repository for trinkets and treasures.

We will shape the apron from a pre-loved shirt, building length with extra fabric, adding pockets harvested from other pre-loved garments and steeping it in colour from locally gathered plant dyes. We will use drawing, writing and mark-making to develop designs for stitched embellishments of personal significance, adding further colour from samples dyed throughout the weekend.

Materials for the amuletic apron to be brought by individuals
  • Needles [range of sizes: sharps, darners and crewel] and stitching threads [natural undyed fibres only]
  • Scissors
  • An A4 ziplock-sized bag of undyed natural fabric scraps – preferably silk and/or wool – can be odd shapes. At least one piece could be half a metre in length.
  • Some sturdy rubber bands and a small ball of natural fibre string
  • A small journal for keeping personal notes and a digital camera [still photography is permitted, moving images and voice recordings are not]
  • a pre-loved shirt, preferably of some sturdy fabric such as linen or hemp
  • a packet of those nifty bent safety pins that quilters use

On Monday October 10, 2016 we’ll spend a day around the indigo vat, talking and dyeing the blues. Dipping the amuletic apron, the garment that will keep you safe from stains and splashes while also becoming the repository for trinkets and treasures. There may be singing.

We will discuss the significance of the beautiful colour blue and India will demonstrate the making of an organic indigo vat. Then we will use the existing vat at Big Cat Textiles, originally set up by indigo legend and natural dye master Michel Garcia.

There may even be time to write a little poetry for one of your apron pockets.

Materials for dyeing the blues to be brought by individuals
  • Your amuletic apron.
  • Some extra small bits of cloth, or threads you may wish to dye (remember to scour the extras out first).
  • Rubber gloves if you don’t want your hands to look like India’s
  • A waterproof bag to take home any wet stuff
  • A notebook if you’d like to write down stories about the blues