Got this from a middle school science experiment worksheet...
- The law in France that threatened dyers with the death sentence if they were found using indigo instead of woad has never been repealed.
- A 1762 indigo recipe recommends using urine, "preferably of those who drink strong drinks."
Hmmm... Well, thank goodness Earth Guild has come up with a way to use good old yeast to ferment the indigo...
I'm making baby things for my little sister, since she is expecting her first in August. I'm working on a blanket right now and should be done by the end of the weekend (I only have about another 12 inches to knit before binding off). Then I'll do at least one hat (maybe more in different sizes) and booties and socks until I run out of my soft cotton yarn.
What has this to do with indigo and dyeing, you may ask? Well, everything... I want to dye all this stuff with indigo after I'm finished (along with quite a lot of wool handspun) and I'm wondering if it will work... The cotton yarn is white Peaches n' Cream. I had two 1 lb. cones of it just begging me to use them, so I did. I think it will work even though the cotton is bleached, since indigo is not like other dyes, which bind to mordants and/or fabrics. Indigo, from what I understand, will stick to a lot of things, including itself, by itself, and mordants have little to no effect on how much adheres to fibers. From what I understand, indigo goes on like... like fine glitter to skin (my analogy), it will eventually rub off no matter what, and while it kinda sticks, it never permanently bonds... So I'm thinking that it would still work with bleached cotton... Does that sound like a good theory? And does anyone have any practical knowledge in this?