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Blue Face Leicester Dyed With Indigo

Blue Face Leicester Dyed With Indigo

I am very pleased as to how this fibre turned out!  The colour reminds me so much of the lakes near Lake Louise in Alberta…that real rich greenish blue. 

Absolutely no colour came off in my hands as I spun with it on my Bosworth drop spindle.  I was concerned about this because no heat was introduced during the dyeing process.

Here is a video showing some snap shots as to how I dyed the fibre with the leaves. What you don’t see in the video is that I first submerged the leaves under rocks for a couple of days. I then strained the solution; a few leaves still found their way into the dye bath. I let the fibre sit in the dye bath for 24 hours and then hung to dry. I did not rinse the fibre. 

It’s almost mid August so my indigo is almost finished for the season.  However, I have been thinking of putting some fibre in an indigo vat.  I just have to get up the nerve to try it!  When it comes to dyeing with plants one has to be open to a lot of experimentation and be able to accept the final outcome.  This is so opposite to dyeing with acid dyes; colour you see is the colour you get! 


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