We have been working on some swatches. Making lots of over dye swatches with beautifully knitted fibers. Checkout http://www.admknitting.com/ who we have collaborated with on the swatches.
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There are still companies that do woad-indigo dyeing. Woad creates the indigo pigment and it is considered by some to be a weed. Its origin is from England; Tender Co. celebrates woad in its native environment. Tender Co. works with Woad-Inc. in Norfolk to do the actual dyeing.
Woad is not quite as strong as the indigo plant. You need more of the plant to dye with and often an increased number of dips for a darker blue. Because it is often looked upon as a weed (particularly in the U.S.), it is easy to pull and make your neighbors happy.
The Hillside is now working with Tender Co. to produce a woad-dyed cloth.
So I dyed some shirts to get a better understanding of the way our indigo vat will work when dyeing the Fessler USA order. Turns out the vat is incredibly healthy. I did one dip for about 40 seconds a shirt and they are all consistent and about as dark as a normal double dip vat! Below are the test shirts.
In which we rewind and dye thread!
We begin with a silky spool of white cotton thread.
In order to dye the thread we have to rewind it into loose skeins.
Yours truly displaying the results – all 6,000 yards worth!
Sounds like a good time for a cupcake break!
One last look before the thread is forever changed!
Next we wash the thread.
Our humble and inconspicuous indigo fermentation vat.
Even the bucket is taking on a lovely blue hue.
The vat is ready when the surface of the vat appears metallic.
Removing the thread carefully so as not to aerate the dye.
The breathtaking results!!
– Mira Sophia
So we started a natural indigo vat with backstock indigo next to the Bouvier community garden plot in South Philly and are excited about its results!!! We began at the end of July and come August it has fermented!! We can begin testing and dyeing some articles.
By the way, our small field of indigo seems to be looking good…
These colors have inspired us to make naturally dyed organic clothing in the Philadelphia area. Natural dyes are an ancient form of color. The color indigo as well as madder root are very colorfast and consistent dyes that have age old recipes. Synthetic colors, as efficient and pretty as they can be are also incredibly toxic. We feel it makes sense to go back to how it all began and ensure a healthy piece of cloth.
for blue we are using indigo
for red we are using madder root
for yellow we are using marigolds and a couple different wild plants
So our plan is to go as local as possible. This would include the fabric we are to use with our grown dyes. Fessler USA is a local textile manufacturer. The factory is out in Deer Lake, PA and produces organic cotton clothing. The cotton is grown in the South. That is the furthest component I think we want to take on. But all of the knitting of the fabric, cutting and the sewing are done in very ideal conditions an hour and forty minutes outside of Philadelphia. A few of us went on a field trip to check out their factory and get some quotes on garments for a future order.
This is the type of machine that knits your cotton jersey!