|All the colors we created over the course of|
three days. Pretty impressive, huh?
After the iron post bath it was time to move on to indigo. Indigo was really the most exciting part of the workshop and of the dyes we used, it is the most complicated and thus tricky to go at on your own. There are two ways to prepare the indigo dye. The first and more traditional method is to create a natural ferment vat which takes 3-10 days to develop. The second method and the one we used is the chemical vat which uses lye and thiourea dioxide to get the same result in a shorter time.
|Our indigo solution. The top layer is called indigo blue, it has been oxidized and won't dye. The green layer below is the indigo white which is what you use for dyeing.|
|Dagmar carefully removing the first dyed indigo fiber from the vat, notice the greenish color as it comes out of the vat.|
|All the colors created by the iron post bath and the indigo dip hanging out on the line to dry.|
|All of our dyed skeins tagged, labeled, and arranged buffet-style.|