Monday, September 26, 2016

Shades of Blue

My natural dyed batts.

But to get there, I had to grow the indigo.

harvest the leaves and chop them up, cook them, drain off the liquid, aerate it and then take the oxygen back out,

to end up with this scary looking potion.

Meanwhile, Hassie's still-dirty-even-after-washing-and-carding wool

was pre-moistened and ready to go.

So fun watching each piece turn yellow in the vat and then blue as it hit the air.

Such a fun day I had for myself.
It really was much easier than I had anticipated.
Next year I must remember to grow twice as much indigo so I will have enough liquid to create darker hues.
But for now, I look forward to spinning these lovely shades into yarn.
In January.
Much else to do right now ;)


Buttons Thoughts said...

Wow that is such a beautiful colour and you are so darn clever and creative. Beautiful. Hug B

Sue ~ Granny's World said...

Looks like fun, I have not tried natural dyes, clever lady

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What lovely shades of blue. Amazing that the wool is yellow in the liquid, then turns blue when it hits the air.

Have fun turning this all into beautiful yarn. What wonderful talents you have.


Leonora said...

I've never seen a true indigo dyed item. These shades are so beautiful! I look forward to seeing what you create with the spun wool.

Lynne said...

Beautiful color . . .
I am amazed at you . . .
Do you sleep?

baili said...

it needs quite a motivation and hard work great job indeed

Debbie said...

WoW!!!! you would have to love this to do it!!! i find it so very interesting as yes, it still needs to be spun!!

a lot of work but what an art!! what are you going to make with it??