//indigo dye day in dell

indigo dye day in dell


Indigo in all its glory. Last monday was our 2nd monday gathering at Barb’s in Dell. She most generously shared her indigo dye pot and I dyed a scarf just off the loom and some yarn. All turned out the most incredible shades of blue, all different. The pot had a mettalic sheen on the surface and a smell that about knocked your socks off. The most incredible thing was to take the fiber out of the pot and while squeazing the excess dye out, watching the color change from a deep sea green to indigo blue. Pretty addictive, luckily we weren’t wearing white or we would have stripped down to our skivvies just to watch that magic transition from green to blue. Barb’s neighbors probably wonder about her enough as it is, without a gaggle of blue handed half naked women wandering about.

Mittens knit by Barb with indigo and sumac dyed yarn.
This is the sea green that first comes out of the pot.  Within a few seconds it starts turning blue as it is exposed to the air.  Magical.

Skyline of the Twin Cities rug created by Linda Kennedy of Elk Run Handwovens.  It will be fun to see what kind of reactions she will get at the Driftless Art Fair, with this rug. I think that it is incredible.
He has the right idea; desert first!
 Barb sharing some of her novelty yarns, she is more of a natural fiber kind of gal.

                           Joannes newest creations                                   Susan has been busy as always.               

 Barbs studio

 We had a wonderful feast set under a shade tree.  This is what summer is meant to be.  Thanks Barb, I think that I dreamt about your ice cream sandwiches that night.

By |2016-10-25T16:52:29+00:00July 22nd, 2010|2nd Monday|2 Comments


  1. Susan July 28, 2010 at 12:46 am - Reply

    It was a great thing, that vat. I loved the metallic sheen on top, and the dyeing worked like a charm, but P.U. This was a glorious day for us. Thanks to Barb for bringing her pot out of hiding

  2. Anonymous July 31, 2010 at 11:55 pm - Reply

    This a wonderful blog and I love your indigo yarn pic above! It reminds me of the Guatemalan artisans who hand dye much of their yarn using natural plant dyes. They are teaching me to weave with a backstrap loom whenever I am down there volunteering with Education And More. http://www.educationandmore.org
    I am going to RSS your blog. Love it!

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