dyeing wool, yarn

Hand-Dyeing Wool with Indigo

Two days ago me and my mom decided to have a “dye day” and use the grown up indigo plants we had in our glasshouse. It was cold and windy, but we had a mission ๐Ÿ™‚

First we took the leaves of the plant and tore them into smaller pieces. We put them into a bucket of water with a little bit of vinegar. After that, we used an old blender to mix them up.

Mixing of indigo leaves
Mixing of indigo leaves

According to my mom (who did most of the work), the foam is the part which colors the most.

Natural dyeing by indigo
Natural dyeing by indigo
Indigo cold dye
Cold dyeing of wool by indigo

The wool came out looking green at first, but the color was gradually changing.

Natural dyeing of wool
Natural dyeing of wool

Then the wool was drying. It was a long wait! I was very impatiant to handspin this one.

Naturally dyed merino wool
Naturally dyed merino wool – came out beautifully!
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Naturally dyed merino wool – detail

Finally, the next day I could spin the colored merino. I love the pastel blue color and it looks even better when it’s spun.

Naturally dyed handspun merino yarn
Naturally dyed handspun merino yarn
Naturally dyed handspun merino yarn
Naturally dyed handspun merino yarn in pastel blue

The yarn pictured is straight from the spinning wheel. It was fixed afterwards and now it’s drying again.

What do you think? Do you like it? ๐Ÿ™‚

Naturally dyed handspun merino yarn

14 thoughts on “Hand-Dyeing Wool with Indigo”

  1. Beautiful color!! How amazing that you are experiencing the whole thing from start to finish!! I love yarn but to actually create the yarn is so incredibly awesome and impressive!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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