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2013 2013 2013 <center><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-itdcaqHtywU/UexDqs7hVMI/AAAAAAAAF-I/JUbLCIadXRo/s1600/Indigo+%231.jpg" imageanchor="1" ><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-itdcaqHtywU/UexDqs7hVMI/AAAAAAAAF-I/JUbLCIadXRo/s1600/Indigo+%231.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-nx1NYSt9k8A/UexDqXBQi5I/AAAAAAAAF-E/B6rAaiQWvVw/s1600/Indigo+%232.jpg" imageanchor="1" ><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-nx1NYSt9k8A/UexDqXBQi5I/AAAAAAAAF-E/B6rAaiQWvVw/s1600/Indigo+%232.jpg" /></a></center></br>Yesterday was a blue day, in the nicest possible way ... I spent it indigo dyeing in the company of <a href= "http://clarabellacraft.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/indigo-day-and-new-workshops.html">Claire</a>, who most generously shared her considerable expertise with me, <a target = "_blank" href="http://hannahlamb.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/indigo.html">Hannah</a>, <a target = "_blank" href="http://www.katherinemay.com/">Katherine</a>, and <a target = "_blank" href="http://fiona-wilson.blogspot.co.uk/">Fiona</a>. </br></br>I'd played with indigo before, but long ago, and without the guidance of such a talented and generous teacher. And we began with something new to me, 'fresh leaf' indigo dyeing, or 'the vinegar method' ... freshly picked green leaves of Polygonum tinctorium*, torn into tiny pieces, and macerated in cold water with a tablespoon or two of added white vinegar. No heat, nothing toxic involved, and yielding the most wonderful, if fugitive**, turquoise blues on silk and wool. You can see them in the top pic, where that splash of green is the leaves we used, shown leaching the last of their colour into a piece of the dyed cloth. </br></br>And the green in the lower photo? That's what happens when yellow fabric - ours was pre-dyed with weld - is dipped briefly into an indigo vat***. White thread, on the other hand, dipped equally briefly, dries to a pale blue. You must dip for longer, and more than once, to achieve the deepest colour. (To see more of our dark blue efforts, including the results of some resist dyeing, just follow the links above, and don't miss Claire's mention of her <a target = "_blank" href="http://clarabellacraft.bigcartel.com/category/workshops">upcoming workshops</a>.) </br></br>I now have a bundle of indigo dyed scraps in the studio that I'll show you another day, and my plans for them involve stitching so I'll show you that when it happens too. I think Claire was surprised that I didn't turn up with lots of yarn to dye, but truly, colouring threads and fabrics and such is exciting me far more just now than knitting is. Although with my shoulder on the mend, albeit slowly, I'm sure I'll be picking my needles up again soon. </br></br>How about you? Who are the dyers among you, I wonder? Do you dye yarn, cloth, or something else? And do you use plant dyes? Or perhaps you'd like to but have yet to take the plunge? If so, come on in, the water's lovely! </br></br><center>♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥</center></br>*Japanese indigo, or Dyer's knotweed, a plant that I know is blacklisted in many countries but that does give fabulous colour. </br></br>** Fugitive, in dyeing terminology, denotes colours that aren't entirely light and/or wash fast, and so will fade to a greater or lesser degree. Fast, or substantive, indigo blues are the product of vat dyeing, where an alkaline dye bath is 'reduced' until it is oxygen free. Only under these conditions will indigo give permanent blues. I'll be starting my own indigo fermentation vat soon and will explain the process in more detail then. </br></br>*** Overdyeing yellow with blue is the only way that greens like this can be achieved when using plant dyes. Although as <a target="_blank" href="http://www.resurrectionfern.typepad.com/">Margie</a> has mentioned in the comments, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.506587889412697.1073741827.143450949059728&type=1">India Flint is working on this</a>! </br></br> <center>♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥</center></br><center>Follow the links below to subscribe to free updates via ...</br><a target="_blank" href="http://www.feedly.com/home#subscription/feed/http://feeds.feedburner.com/knitsofacto"><img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif" title="Add to Feedly" /> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.feedly.com/home#subscription/feed/http://feeds.feedburner.com/knitsofacto"><span style="font-size:84%;">Feedly</span></a> </a><a target="_blank" href="http://www.bloglovin.com/en/blog/3234656"><img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif" title="Follow with Bloglovin" /></a> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.bloglovin.com/en/blog/3234656"><span style="font-size:84%;">Bloglovin</a></span> <a target="_blank" href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=knitsofacto&amp;loc=en_US"><img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif" title="New posts via email" /></a> <a target="_blank" href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=knitsofacto&amp;loc=en_US"><span style="font-size:78%;">Email</span></a></br></br>You can also now join us on <a target = "_blank" href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Knitsofacto/179844712081480">Facebook</a> and on <a target = "_blank" href="http://www.ravelry.com/groups/knitsofacto">Ravelry</a>!</center><br> 2013 2013 2013 <br><center><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-itdcaqHtywU/UexDqs7hVMI/AAAAAAAAF-I/JUbLCIadXRo/s1600/Indigo+%231.jpg" imageanchor="1" ><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-itdcaqHtywU/UexDqs7hVMI/AAAAAAAAF-I/JUbLCIadXRo/s1600/Indigo+%231.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-nx1NYSt9k8A/UexDqXBQi5I/AAAAAAAAF-E/B6rAaiQWvVw/s1600/Indigo+%232.jpg" imageanchor="1" ><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-nx1NYSt9k8A/UexDqXBQi5I/AAAAAAAAF-E/B6rAaiQWvVw/s1600/Indigo+%232.jpg" /></a></center></br>Yesterday was a blue day, in the nicest possible way ... I spent it indigo dyeing in the company of <a href= "http://clarabellacraft.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/indigo-day-and-new-workshops.html">Claire</a>, who most generously shared her considerable expertise with me, <a target = "_blank" href="http://hannahlamb.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/indigo.html">Hannah</a>, <a target = "_blank" href="http://www.katherinemay.com/">Katherine</a>, and <a target = "_blank" href="http://fiona-wilson.blogspot.co.uk/">Fiona</a>. </br></br>I'd played with indigo before, but long ago, and without the guidance of such a talented and generous teacher. And we began with something new to me, 'fresh leaf' indigo dyeing, or 'the vinegar method' ... freshly picked green leaves of Polygonum tinctorium*, torn into tiny pieces, and macerated in cold water with a tablespoon or two of added white vinegar. No heat, nothing toxic involved, and yielding the most wonderful, if fugitive**, turquoise blues on silk and wool. You can see them in the top pic, where that splash of green is the leaves we used, shown leaching the last of their colour into a piece of the dyed cloth. </br></br>And the green in the lower photo? That's what happens when yellow fabric - ours was pre-dyed with weld - is dipped briefly into an indigo vat***. White thread, on the other hand, dipped equally briefly, dries to a pale blue. You must dip for longer, and more than once, to achieve the deepest colour. (To see more of our dark blue efforts, including the results of some resist dyeing, just follow the links above, and don't miss Claire's mention of her <a target = "_blank" href="http://clarabellacraft.bigcartel.com/category/workshops">upcoming workshops</a>.) </br></br>I now have a bundle of indigo dyed scraps in the studio that I'll show you another day, and my plans for them involve stitching so I'll show you that when it happens too. I think Claire was surprised that I didn't turn up with lots of yarn to dye, but truly, colouring threads and fabrics and such is exciting me far more just now than knitting is. Although with my shoulder on the mend, albeit slowly, I'm sure I'll be picking my needles up again soon. </br></br>How about you? Who are the dyers among you, I wonder? Do you dye yarn, cloth, or something else? And do you use plant dyes? Or perhaps you'd like to but have yet to take the plunge? If so, come on in, the water's lovely! </br></br><center>♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥</center></br>*Japanese indigo, or Dyer's knotweed, a plant that I know is blacklisted in many countries but that does give fabulous colour. </br></br>** Fugitive, in dyeing terminology, denotes colours that aren't entirely light and/or wash fast, and so will fade to a greater or lesser degree. Fast, or substantive, indigo blues are the product of vat dyeing, where an alkaline dye bath is 'reduced' until it is oxygen free. Only under these conditions will indigo give permanent blues. I'll be starting my own indigo fermentation vat soon and will explain the process in more detail then. </br></br>*** Overdyeing yellow with blue is the only way that greens like this can be achieved when using plant dyes. Although as <a target="_blank" href="http://www.resurrectionfern.typepad.com/">Margie</a> has mentioned in the comments, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.506587889412697.1073741827.143450949059728&type=1">India Flint is working on this</a>! </br></br> <center>♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥</center></br><center>Follow the links below to subscribe to free updates via ...</br><a target="_blank" href="http://www.feedly.com/home#subscription/feed/http://feeds.feedburner.com/knitsofacto"><img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif" title="Add to Feedly" /> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.feedly.com/home#subscription/feed/http://feeds.feedburner.com/knitsofacto"><span style="font-size:84%;">Feedly</span></a> </a><a target="_blank" href="http://www.bloglovin.com/en/blog/3234656"><img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif" title="Follow with Bloglovin" /></a> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.bloglovin.com/en/blog/3234656"><span style="font-size:84%;">Bloglovin</a></span> <a target="_blank" href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=knitsofacto&amp;loc=en_US"><img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif" title="New posts via email" /></a> <a target="_blank" href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=knitsofacto&amp;loc=en_US"><span style="font-size:78%;">Email</span></a></br></br>You can also now join us on <a target = "_blank" href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Knitsofacto/179844712081480">Facebook</a> and on <a target = "_blank" href="http://www.ravelry.com/groups/knitsofacto">Ravelry</a>!</center><br>2013 2013 2013 <br> <a href="http://www.matrixar.com/" title="Matrix ">المصفوفة : أجمل الخلفيات والصور</a>

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