Adventures in Indigo!

First, thank you all for the kind and supportive comments on my last post.
Losing Walla has been tough. He was one of a kind, and I felt that we really had a special bond.
I know many of have known the pain of losing critters that you care deeply for, and I really appreciate your support.

Denise
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I’d been thinking about indigo for some time.
But it always seemed kind of intimidating.
There are a LOT of ways to dye with indigo.

I felt like I really wanted to have a good understanding of the process before I gave it a go. But I had somehow misplaced the instruction booklet that came with my Earthues kit!

Thankfully, I happened across Cynthia Underwood Thayer’s Indigo Dyeing page

I didn’t have any spectralite in the Earthues kit, but since it is a detergent/excess color remover I figured it wasn’t too critical. Hide glue did come in the kit, and served the same purpose as the gelatin (to protect the fibers in the very alkaline dye solution).

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Presenting the lucky skeins selected for dyeing!

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Here they are soaking in preparation for their first dip-

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My set-up.

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And let the dipping begin!

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Skeins hanging in an apple tree to dry-

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It all seems to have worked out ok! Stash transformed!

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