This week I went to a friend's place to try indigo dyeing for the first time. It is much different than dyeing with the Procion dyes that I normally use. You have to have a warm vat (container) to dip the material in and you have to keep the different variables somewhat balanced.
Also, if you want a dark color, you need to do repeated dippings to build up the color. The liquid is suppose to be yellow greenish in color. Ours was more on the green side. Below is some yarn soaking in the vat.
What's so interesting about the indigo technique is that the material comes out of the vat green and then as it is exposed to air, it changes to the blue color. Below Mary has just taken the yarn out of the vat.
To experiment, I took one piece of fabric, folded it in half and then pleated it. I held it together with rubber bands. This is what it looks like. I think it would be interesting to try smaller pleats.
I also tried over dyeing a pink piece of fabric to see if it would go violet. Hmm, kind of.
I definitely have more to learn about perfecting the technique, but it was lots of fun.