A few of you have emailed me asking me about how easy it was to indigo dyed... well, the way I do it... it's easy. To do it 'like a boss' - to borrow an expression from my children - it's not easy.
The hardest thing is to make the dye bath, to make sure the various elements mix properly etc. etc. I still don't know. The two times I've done it I used kits of synthetic indigo rather than start from indigo powder and I do feel I kind of cheated doing it that way but I loved the results so I'm hiding behind those.
My dream is to take a proper course and learn 'the ancient way'... for now you can use these two kits from George Weil:
- Synthetic Indigo Dye Kit. This is what I used last year in Tuscany, it's a little complicated but you can dye up to 2Kg of fibres.
- Mini indigo Tie Dye Kit. This is what I used last weekend, and it was easy peasy. The colour is lighter than the other one, especially after rinsing and drying, so you need to 're-dip' once or twice if you prefer a much darker blue.
Both come with very clear instructions. I would say just dive straight in. My favourite pieces are the ones I just chucked in the dye bath as an after thought (I tipped into it my box of white/cream scraps and they are divine)... and the magic of the green turning blue never gets old. (Try choosing a sunny day... it helps).
I bought my undyed yarn from 'Wooltops' if you fancy trying a bit of that too.
Go on... have fun...
... you'll find it might become an obsession...