baabay, Aaave got da bluuuues!
and also some greens.
This post is brought to you by my inability to resist a truly awful pun. Sorry about that.
I need to get blues and greens done in time for the first course weekend after next, I did the other colours last year but kept putting these off because blue is such a stinky job.
I’d never used woad powder before though, and I have to say I rather liked it and will definately pick in preference to indigo in future. I’ve done several shades of blue, from dipped once to dipped four times, but most of the greens were single dips as they went nice shades first time.
I also treid a new way of keeping the dye bath at the correct, rather low temperature. Rather than hovering over it for hours making sure it didn’t overheat (which would ruin the colour) I assembled the bath and then stuck in the my oven on its lowest temperature (50) and left it alone for two hours. It worked perfectly. I’ll do that again. Of course now I need to clean the oven but then you can’t have everything, can you?
There is one tiny problem with the greens though. You dye greens by overdyeing yellows with blue, and since I used several different yellows I had to take the labels off to dip them – the labels which told me which yellow was which – consequently I have no clue whatsoever which yellow contributed to which green because I got them all mixed up.