One of our Janome customers in Saskatoon, SK , Linda Seemann-Korte enjoyed a wonderful trip to Bali recently. I asked her to share some of her discoveries with us:

I discovered my ‘trip of a lifetime’ in the Country Register newspaper  – it was a small ad in the corner of one page – ‘Bali Fiber Tour – October 2012’ – I was excited but certainly did not know if I would be able to go! The tour included hands on indigo dying, silk painting and a visit to a batik factory along with many cultural experiences. All the things a fiber loving fanatic would die for!  I talked it over with my husband who quickly told me to go for it – he was not interested in the least – that was a good thing since men were not permitted! -Woohoo! I sent an email off to Barb Alexander, the tour organizer, and thus began my trip of a lifetime to Bali, Indonesia!

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The indigo dying was a fascinating process! Leaves from  Indigofera tinctoria  are put in water overnight, a rock put on top so that the container was covered. The next day, the leaves are removed and the water had magically turned green. Lime is added and the mixture is dipped and poured back into the bucket – the exposure to the sunlight transforms it from green to blue – amazing! Indigo can be used to dye natural fiber.

Credit to Julie Jai for some of the photographs.

The tour group showing off their indigo fabrics - Linda is on the far right of the pic.

The tour group showing off their rayon batik fabrics – They all got to design their own by choosing the tjaps. Linda is on the far right of the pic.

Indigo dyed fabric drying on the wash line!

These fabrics are cotton which were dipped in indigo dye & then put out to dry in the sun on the wash line!

Linda made up some of her Bali batik fabric into a great pillow

Linda made up some of her indigo Bali batik fabric into a great pillow. She used Texture magic to texturize it.

Here is another piece that she used Texture magic on & then used that to make a zippered purse & bag - see below.

Here is another piece that she used Texture magic on & then used that to make a bag – see pics below showing both sides of the bag. Linda used a fabric bundle of shot cotton squares which she purchased in Bali & then sewed together in a “disappearing Nine patch”. Then she used the Texture Magic. Incidentally, Linda uses a JANOME MC9000 and a JANOME MC350E for her sewing & embroidery projects.


About lizafrica

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada (including Artistic Creative products) and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for almost 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to read, knit , travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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  1. Linda Seemann- Korte says:

    Hi Liz,
    Please add a note to this blog post crediting Juile Jai for some of the pictures! Thanks!


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