Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Natural Dyes: Indigo!!

Yea! This morning I spent a looong time washing out the indigo dyed fiber from last weekend's natural dyeing intensive. I left all of the pieces to age for a week because oxygen helps lock the indigo to the fiber.

Going along the wash line, left to right, we have fustic overdyed with indigo making a beautiful green patina. I absolutely love the way that the shades of green change slightly showing little bits of muted yellow. Next, we have a multi colored painted roving: madder, fustic, and a portion overdyed with indigo. Then, my other very favorite: bright pink cochineal. The tips have been overdyed with indigo making them a gorgous purple color. Now we are on to the soild indigo, the first 2 pieces of roving on the left are dyed with indigo from Guatemala. All the pieces to the right of this are dyed with indigo from Japan. The very dark pieces have been dipped two times in the indigo pot. On the very right hangs my hand-spun polwarth and merino that I am going to use for the Spun Stitches KAL. I have to admit before the yarn was completely dry, I wrapped it ito a skein so that I could swatch it.

Tomorrow, we are leaving for the Black Sheep Festival. And, I realllly want to use my new indigo yarn and start knitting the Red Sea shawl from the Folk Shawls book while we are driving. Not like there are 5 other projects that I could be working on. Oh well.


Stefaneener said...

Your roving batts look so poufy. Did you ever get the water to run clear? I'm sort of resigned to blue needles. I can't wait to see the shawl.

CassieMarie said...

Thanks for all of the fiber porn!! These look beautiful! Where do you get your supplies for the natural dyes?

LeftCoast Knits said...

I just washed mine from the class too- whew was it smelly!

Have a fnatastic time at Blacksheep- I am jealous!

Kristine said...

I get my dyes from Earthues in Seattle, Washington. Check back soon, I am planning on having them for sale at my online store!

And, no, I never did get my water to run completely clear...close though, which I figured was good enough. Last year I knit a bunch of hand-dyed indigo and it turned my hands and needles blue. So, now I expect it. I kind of feel like I am gardening.

Teresa said...

Wow! Your colours are amazing. I love your palette :) And how cool is it dying roving with indigo?!