Now what in the world could get so many noses stuck in a pot like that?
An indigo dye pot can!
The ladies of Delaware’s Fiberguild had an indigo dye pot session earlier today. I told you these ladies are serious about their dyeing. I’m in the Yahoo Group for the Fiberguild and before the meeting, a PDF of the entire process was sent to everyone. Serious, I’m telling you.
The ladies are looking at “The Bubbler”.
Basically, it’s one of those devices used in fish tanks. You’ve seen ‘em. It makes bubbles in the indigo pot and it’s fascinating.
Interestingly enough, even though it will dye fibers blue, the liquid in the pot looks green!
But you can see the indigo is breaking down and the liquid is actually staining the spoon blue.
Science can be fun! If they taught this in my science classes when I was younger, I would have paid a whole lot more attention (little subtle hint to the teachers out there, lol).
It was a perfect day to do it. The sun was bright and in between dyeing, there was some prepping, some knitting and some spinning and some jabbering…
And playing with Maisey.
But, back to the dye pot…
Carol and Linda are such a great team when it’s time to dye.
Here they are getting the dye pot ready again. And below, they are using a jar for indigo as well.
Linda dips some fiber into the jar.
And out comes this beautifully, blue, muddy yarn!
I’d almost be ready to use it like that. But, it does have to get washed.
While Linda rinses, Carol takes all the notes.
This is serious business, I’m telling you.
Okay. The pot is ready! Watch this!
Are you watching?
Okay. Keep your eye on that yarn.
Here it comes back out the pot.
Wait for it…
One minute later.
Two minutes later.
Okay, I lost track of the minutes here…but can you see the yarn? Keep watching. This is going to go pretty quick!
Whip, whip, whip.
Mmmhmm. Delicious, isn’t it?
As you can see, there were other dye jobs going on with that same pot on various fibers like silk, cotton, handspun and commercial. They were all glorious!
This one was one of my favorites.
But, of course, it was just when I thought I had seen the big feature, that Carol pulled another trick out of her dye pot.
This is another dyeing solution. It looked a little like apple cider to me.
Natalie decided to play with it a bit on some of her handspun.
She got a beautiful mellow yellow.
Then, she put it in there a little longer with some knots for some variation.
The cider-looking stuff is actually called osage orange. And you won’t believe what else it can do!
Obviously, the name osage orange is a little misleading when dyeing in a sense because it will dye yellow. But this is an indigo dyeing session. Do you know where I’m going with this?
See that green? Osage orange does that! Once the yarn is dyed with the indigo, it can be then overdyed with osage orange to get that brilliant green. Yellow and blue make green! I know, it’s such a simple art concept, but it’s just so exciting to actually see it work! And lovely, isn’t it?
And it was enough to get Laurel to leave Maisey alone for a while ( ) to overdye her shawl.
That is SO fun!
But then, Linda and Carol went and got slick on us. Look at these…
This is just overdyed in some areas and not in others. Very simple concept that is just too cool!
It was about time for me to go when I saw Laurel picking apart some stuff.
She’s getting more indigo ready to be stored for next year’s indigo pot.
What a fun time!