It is important to remove all of the oxygen from the dye. This what the spectralite does. Reduced indigo is yellowish or bronze. Oxygenated indigo is blue. Other additives are salt, dish soap, and soda. Pretty common stuff.
|The stock jar of reduced indigo. It has a distinctive smell.|
|Straight-up indigo-dyed muslin rag yarn|
|Exhausted indigo vat|
|Stained yellow gloves|
|Columbian cross wool dyed with weld and indigo to varying degrees|
|Columbian cross and llama dyed for different lengths of time in the vat.|
|Indigo and tea-stained muslin rag yarn|
I found myself dunking in anything I could find, including some old pink towels that didn't match our "decor".
One of the most beautiful greens can be achieved with the use of weld, another plant dye. Then the wool is put through the indigo. Yellow and Blue make GREEN!
Tea-staining gives the indigo a nice faded blue jean coloration.
Sandalwood, which I have grown fond of for it's
easy pinks, makes a great (albeit unpredictable)
color combination when dyed with indigo. I found that the spectralite tends to remove the pink if it is pre-dyed. I'm hoping the fermentation method will eliminate this side effect.
|Sandalwood and indigo-dyed muslin rag yarn|