Having a rummage through my dyeing supplies, I discovered I’d more in stock than I thought I had of two very important, useful, and interesting dye materials – Logwood and Indigo. So today I set about making good use of that Indigo.
As well as dyeing some natural white Cheviot, I thought I’d experiment with top- or over-dyeing skeins previously dyed with other colours, particularly those of which I had a generous quantity in stock. For this session I selected skeins of Cheviot previously dyed with Bog Myrtle (leaves and twigs) ; Tomato (pinched out side-shoots) ; Rhubarb leaves.
Dyeing with indigo on natural white produces blues – the various shades being from successive batches, each leaving less of the colour in the liquor for the next batch. Top-dyeing over the various shades of beige and brown produces greens – also in diverse shades, according to the succession of batches.
Next time, Logwood ? It’s certainly one of my favourites to dye with – all those rich purples.