Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. If you intend to dye with fresh leaves, prepare the dye bath the same day as the harvest and expect a lighter shade of blue. Could you please comment on the difference between alkalinity and pH? 10.00. I attended the same presentation and found it really inspiring.I love that he refers to himself as an indigo addict rather than a master! Catharine you are so generous with your information and processes. Where can one obtain seeds of the superior, broad leaf variety, if one doesn’t have any friends with seeds? Great simply grow as a wildflower. I have almost eliminated the use of lime, except as an occasional addition to adjust the pH. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Woadballs and -seeds, natural colour for dyeing, sikl scarves and other accessories. I will have to try more with woad, but somehow the days just seem to fly by. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Such a valuable contribution. Thank you for this fascinating post about your current exploration of indigo and its response to such a wide range of alkalinity sources. We wanted to test and compare three sets of indigo dye plants, grown from seed here in Devon, by making small dye vats and dyeing different … Dear Catharine, thank you so much for sharing all this knowledge on indigo, definitely looking forward to a published version of results to complement your book. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. To learn more about growing your own indigo visit my blog Madderlane. Warmest regards, Cassandra. Indigo: The true indigo used to produce the famous blue dye that for 4000 years was considered the most important dye stuff in the world. Can I leave a vat unattended for a week? Please adhere to the regulations in your area. one being very weak to enable me to dye a range of pale blues that are relatively stable. I look forward to hearing more! Seed packets are typically 10g in weight. Change ). Your questions should inspire others to investigate for themselves, not just wait for the answers! Keep the pots in a heated propagator until the seeds germinate and then move them to warm windowsill. The Maiwa course that you two taught reflected your deep commitment to science-based learning and generous sharing. When the plants have grown 1–2' tall and bruised leaves turn navy blue, they are ready for a first harvest. February 8, 2016 August 10, 2016. Now, it’s time to go back to the loom and prepare some woven shibori textiles for dyeing! I now feel ready to double the size. You should use fresh seed from the previous year's harvest (though I have germinated 2 year old seed). Great simply grow as a wildflower.Safflower: The dried flower petals can be used as a substitute for saffron. The Yarn Tree - fiber, yarn and natural dyes, LaBelle Savon Bleu - Cold Process Indigo Soap, Aasmani by Arundhati - Handwoven Cotton Scarves. Dye Seeds. As a sedative, it reduces the pulse rate in overactive thyroid conditions and to treat palpitations of the heart.Meadowsweet: Clusters of creamy-white sweet-scented flowers top very thin, yet stiff stems, making them look like they are suspended in the air. I am still working on making successful weak fermentation vats for paler colors. In the past, when I wanted pale colors I would usually make a fructose vat with 1-2 grams of indigo per liter. Calliopsis: (Coreopsis tinctoria) An annual form of Coreopsis with daisy-like flowers in yellow, maroon, and crimson. ( Log Out /  Giving it a jolt by adding a couple of cups from the dark vat if the pale vat can’t seem be revived. The silk at C is beautiful and has a more turquoise cast than the other two. We are healthy and thankful for that. What is the best way to make a weak vat for pale hues? Indigo-colour is mostly used for dyeing textiles alongside synthetic dyes. BUY WOAD SEEDS HERE I will be interested in your thoughts on maintaining a vat for very pale shades. Indigo Seed Packet. Indigo Dye Plant. For each plant type, I used 125 grams of stripped leaves and did a 1 hour extraction in a litre of rainwater, heating the leaves slowly to just under 60 C. Leaves were crushed with a pole and the mixture allowed to cool overnight. I’ve been experimenting with all of these in the fermentation vats, though the quick reduction vats seems to do best with the lime. The dye, which is made from the fermented leaves, was once so noteworthy that indigo is even used to describe the color in the …