Indigo Dyeing

indigo dyeing

Today I have a little indigo dyeing going on. I needed a light blue for a piece I have been commissioned to create, a blue to echo the Salish Sea. Indigo dyeing requires a lot of time and preparation. Yesterday I worked on creating the stock solution. Today was creating the working vat and then getting down to dyeing.

The first round of dyeing went quickly as it was light tones that I needed and light overdyes, with dips of 1-3 minutes in length. Now that I have the light tones completed, I am now focusing on darker tones on a few cotton pieces. Dyeing these require longer dye times, multiple dips,  with an oxidization period of 30 minutes in between each dip.

indigo dyeing and overdyes

Dyeing with natural indigo is always worth the work and preparation. The blues are always gorgeous and the overdyed yarn interesting.

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