After your dyed goods are rinsed in the citric acid solution and washed, the smell fades. Snuggling it between other plants will prevent the branches from falling open under the weight of the flowers and seed pods. Pour the opaque blue liquid down the toilet being careful not to allow sediment to flow out.

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This will bring the foam that has formed, which is called the flower, to the center. After 15 to 20 minutes, you can re-dip your fabric for darker shades, or rinse and un-tie (if doing tie-dye) and wash. When using bulk pre-reduced Indigo, the following recipe provided to us by the manufacturer fits well in a 5 gallon bucket: Make vat with warm water, about 80 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Put a lid on the vat and it will be ready for another dye session when you need it.

Thiox must be shipped via ground transportation. Once the ingredients are fully incorporated (and will appear as a grey/green slurry) add that to the inactive vat and stir to fully mix it in.

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I’m now firmly in support of dipping all my own indigo dyed textiles in a solution of soy milk (I’ll make my own from whole soy beans if I have the time, but will also use pure, no-sugar-or-flavor-added bottled soymilk) after their pH balancing rinse and allowing the soy to dry on the fabric. This specially formulated indigo is already 60% reduced, therefore, it allows you to use soda ash instead of lye in the dye vat. Currently, most sukumo is produced in Tokushima Prefecture in Shikoku, which is famously known as “Awa-ai” and yields high-quality color.

The liquid of the vat itself will be anywhere between russet, yellow to green colored when it is ready to dye. While False Indigo only takes about a year to reach its full height, plants started from seed do take three to four years to flower, however. This is done by creating a vat. Can I use a large trash can (32 gallons)? Could you describe in more detail the ideal set-up for a basket or net that I could place in the indigo vat? Q: Will sun fade the indigo?

After each dyeing session I “feed” it with a bit of fructose, stir it to bring the un-reduced indigo and reduction materials up from the bottom, check the pH, and let it rest for a few hours before dyeing again. Why no oxygen? You're leaving the realm of working with kits when you start using containers larger than 10 gallons.

Q: I have had great results working in a 5 gallon container but want to be able to dye yardage and large pieces. No flower fills your garden with brilliant true blue flowers like blue False Indigo.

Spiky plants, like iris, salvia, and tall alliums, complement both the color and the texture of Baptisia. The Indigo & Shibori Natural Dye Kit includes a packet of citric acid which can be used to create a rinsing bath for your work. A vat has two requirements for this to happen: It needs to be a reduced solution. You must have JavaScript enabled in your browser to utilize the functionality of this website. (United States) + 1 01 813-248-0585 (Outside the United States), Address: 126 Shove Street Fall River, Ma 02724 Hours Of Business: 8:30am - 5:00pm (Monday -Friday) For Orders Only: 1-800-2-BUY-DYE (1-800-228-9393) Email: Technical Support:508-676-3838 Tech Support Email: Fax: 508-676-3980. Your dye kit comes complete with a load of supplies and materials that you can use to make designs on fabrics. All plant based fibers work exceptionally well in this vat style, that includes bamboo, cotton, hemp, linen, ramie, rayon, etc. A: Yes, cotton would be great! These cellulose based fibers are more amenable to dyeing in the alkaline conditions of the indigo vat. It offers a long season of interest, with colorful flower spikes, unusual seed pods, and foliage that is almost never bothered by pests or disease. So don't know if that was inferior dye or ash or what it could be?! The blue flower on top of the vat.

Let me know if you think I left out anything important and feel free to share your preferred vat in the comments below! What is the purpose of wheat bran as a mordant? I go more in depth about the process of sharpening here : but in short, there are two main ways to sharpen your vat. Q: Is cotton a good type of cloth to dye? Nicely, you get way less with this product than with natural indigo. I thought I would start with a fresh vat, but after reading your tips... maybe I can still use what I have and try to get the pieces darker? The bubbles often contain trapped indigo molecules and appear blue.

If you make contact with the sediment, thoroughly rinse your piece as soon as possible. many of each type, style or size.

Synthetic fibers like polyester, nylon and nylon, rubber, neoprene, etc.

The leuco-indigo dissolved in the Vat is visible as a yellow-green liquid - this molecule has the ability to chemically bond to (dye!) In this vat, soda ash is used to increase pH and thiourea dioxide (thiox) or sodium hydrosulfite (hydros) is the reduction material. A:  Yes, the sediment at the bottom of the indigo kit can bond to your piece of fabric and create what I’ll call a ‘false foundation’ upon which all future layers of indigo will bond.

The indigo vat style provided in this natural dye kit is know as the iron vat and contains ferrous sulfate and lime, both of which can be damaging to finer protein fibers like wool and silk. Can I use indigo to dye over everything?

So, you can mix up the vat as normal (same amount of water, all the iron, all the lime) and simply add 1/4 of the indigo. Extremely easy to use, pre-reduced indigo makes setting up an indigo vat almost effortless.

Like anything, choosing an indigo vat is a personal decision and what it a benefit to you may be a deal-breaker to another dyer.

This transforms indigo into leuco-indigo, which is soluble in water.

We'll get back to you with a posted answer here as soon as possible. False Indigo seeds have a hard outer coating. Perhaps your baggie of it was old, a bad batch, or wasn't tightly sealed.

Slaked lime is also called pickling lime. This vat is very similar to fructose vat, and has the same pros and cons, but uses iron (ferrous sulfate) as the reduction material instead of fructose. Find me on Instagram! Do the proportions simply need to be multiplied by 6 to account for the size? To work in larger dye vats, you must scale up the amount of each of the vat ingredients to get it to behave similarly on the larger scale. As you can see, each dip adds a bit more pigment to the piece.