I didn't rinse between the dips, and I was ringing the pieces out into the vat as I took them out. As you can see, each dip adds a bit more pigment to the piece. Q: I purchased a Indigo dye From Dharma Trading which is supplied by Jacquard company and the dye flower did not form very well and I found that the pieces that I dyed faded out almost to white which was very strange, after creating beautiful pieces, this was heartbreaking! This technique is applied only for coarse yarns, as the tension of the rope breaks Dyeing is performed without climatic control. I was hoping to dye some onesies and swaddles with the indigo. At this point you want the fabric as exposed to air as possible in order to fully oxidize, so use an old drying rack or whatever you have lying around that you don’t mind turning blue. I added ice to bring the temperature down to 14°C. If you have iron deficient soils, this can help green your plants (http://homeguides.sfgate.com/add-iron-garden-soil-95549.html)2) If you do not have available green space, or are on a municipal sewage system : Allow your whisked vat to settle out. The obtained depth of shade is not that good. The productivity is essentially equivalent to a multi-boxed slasher, • To further ensure that the indigo solution you’ll be diluting into your dye bath is deoxygenated, add 5 grams of sodium dithionite and 2 grams of soda ash for every 1 litre of water used in your bath. I absolutely love it now and will wear it! back beam to the weaving beam. I thought maybe indigo would mute the colors and I was right. I’d wear it to volunteer for our community dinners. This is the style that makes me remember being a grimy little 13 year old hippie, but I think the results can be cool and modern in a deep blue (no Dead Head colour explosions please!) No need to stop operation of the machine even in the case of yarn breakage. It sounds like you're describing the process of lightening that naturally happens when the piece dries out. The kits have been used at many a baby shower and dyed countless onesies, blankets and sheet sets. • Let the vat sit overnight, stirring every few hours (or when you remember to). Ideally it have a pH of 11 -13, which is highly alkaline. As you wrap your fabric, give it a few millimetres of ‘give’ as you’ll have a hard time doing the later steps if it’s wrapped really tight. It lasts about a week. Now with a little indigo, it’s a new shirt!! The blue color characteristic of denim fabric is What you’re going to have to do to make the indigo dye useable is is make it soluble as well as deoxygenate it. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. This is accomplished by immersing the wetted (but not dripping) fibre, yarn or fabric into the indigo bath and leaving it under the surface initially for a period of 5-10 minutes. climatic I sure hope you put it on your to-do list. Hang it up to dry for a further 10 minutes. stages The Indigo & Shibori Natural Dye Kit includes a packet of citric acid which can be used to create a rinsing bath for your work. 2 In your second pot or jar, add 300ml of water at 50°c (if you haven’t got a thermometer, make sure it’s warmer than the temperature you’d take a shower at). After about four additions of Indigo Stock Solution to the exhausted dyebath, the chemistry gets tired and complex. A note for beginners. A:   Yes, dry in the shade. If you’re intending to use this article as a guide for your indigo dyeing, please read through all sections before starting. The slasher dyeing machines are smaller and require less floor space compared We had an awesome time and are already planning our next dying event. The fabric (or yarn) first comes out of the vat bright green, and as it touches the air it slowly turns blue. Not too shabby for a $9 box of dye! • the yarns. You're leaving the realm of working with kits when you start using containers larger than 10 gallons. A: No. • Figure-1: Techniques for dyeing cotton with indigo. Again fan folded, but this time from top to bottom, and lots of clothes pins. I'm pretty sure I oxidized the vat and ended up with some anemic pieces. • The ratios you’ll need to create your dye bath vary depending on the size of the bath you want to create and the concentration of the indigo solution with which you’ll be dyeing. dyeing of cotton warp yarns with indigo is usually seen as key to the Indigo dye is derived from several plant species across the world, but most significantly from the Indigofera genus of plants from the legume family (that’s peas to you and me) that grow naturally in the temperate to tropical climates of Asia and Africa. To get a striped effect on your fabric, accordion fold it as evenly as possible. I think I might like the original piece better. I dye so seldom that it is not worth storing extra chemicals. Slasher dyeing is more specialised for producing lightweight denims. Indigo was first synthesised by German chemist Adolf von Baeyer in 1878 from isatin but the synthesis of indigo remained impractical until Johannes Pfleger and Karl Heumann developed a mass production synthesis for BASF, from coal tar. I also sewed another Helen's Closet pattern -. ages and social classes. Thank you. plants and animal derivatives were the only known sources of dyes. • Long answer : Indigo is a vat dye. Now to fan fold, flag fold, and add clothes pins. of fiber or fabric you will need the following: ½ oz Indigo for light blue or 1-2 oz for darker blues. 3 If you have an elastic band at hand, put it around the edge of the fabric from which you’ll start wrapping string around.