The final guild dyeing session for the year was focused on indigo and alizarin- so exciting! I’d been reading about the process of dyeing with indigo and the various methods of removing oxygen from the bath in order to allow the dye molecule to bond to fibres and wondering which we’d use- and it was the hydrosulphite vat method and powdered indigo, as it is the most easily replicated at home. Only slightly less exciting than extracting colour from the fresh plant itself, it really was as magical a process as I was imagining.
Some people dyed fabrics….
but, for most of us, it was all about the yarn.
Not only undyed yarn though- wonderful colours result from overdyeing, especially using indigo over all the yellows and pale greens that are much more commonly achieved with closer-to-home plants- even I had quite a few of those, even though I haven’t been dyeing long…
Despite being a little patchy, I am so happy with my results : )
We also dyed with alizarin, which is the dye compound from madder. It has been commercially synthesized for industry use for many years and will be an interesting comparison to dyeing with madder root itself, something in the works for very soon. The resulting colour is a beautiful, subtle coral that is hard to capture!
The guild group and teacher Robyn have such a wealth of experience and information- and are so willing to share it. And all for $4…