Want to learn new techniques using indigo dye? You will get to experiment wrapping, painting/printing
patterns on fiber and dip into a naturally fermenting indigo vat. Sign up soon!!
Workshop in Bryn Athyn September 27!!
We have been working on some swatches. Making lots of over dye swatches with beautifully knitted fibers.
Checkout http://www.admknitting.com/ who we have collaborated with on the swatches.
There are still companies that do woad-indigo dyeing. Woad creates the indigo pigment and it is considered
by some to be a weed. Its origin is from England; Tender Co. celebrates woad in its native environment.
Tender Co. works with Woad-Inc. in Norfolk to do the actual dyeing.
Woad is not quite as strong as the indigo plant. You need more of the plant to dye with and often an increased
number of dips for a darker blue. Because it is often looked upon as a weed (particularly in the U.S.), it is easy
to pull and make your neighbors happy.
The Hillside is now working with Tender Co. to produce a woad-dyed cloth.
So I dyed some shirts to get a better understanding of the way our indigo vat will work when dyeing the Fessler
USA order. Turns out the vat is incredibly healthy. I did one dip for about 40 seconds a shirt and they are all
consistent and about as dark as a normal double dip vat! Below are the test shirts.
In which we rewind and dye thread!
We begin with a silky spool of white cotton thread.
In order to dye the thread we have to rewind it into loose skeins.
Yours truly displaying the results – all 6,000 yards worth!
Sounds like a good time for a cupcake break!
One last look before the thread is forever changed!
Next we wash the thread.
Our humble and inconspicuous indigo fermentation vat.
Even the bucket is taking on a lovely blue hue.
The vat is ready when the surface of the vat appears metallic.
Removing the thread carefully so as not to aerate the dye.
The breathtaking results!!
– Mira Sophia
So we started a natural indigo vat with backstock indigo next to the Bouvier community garden plot in South
Philly and are excited about its results!!! We began at the end of July and come August it has fermented!! We
can begin testing and dyeing some articles.
By the way, our small field of indigo seems to be looking good…