Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Indigo blues

Way back at the end of January, when it was very, very cold, these little
indigo seedlings were doing their very best to survive and grow in our
unheated conservatory.    It was too cold for me to venture out there.

I managed to save indigo seeds to plant this Spring.  Far too wet to even consider planting
the seeds.   They are now in my freezer with the hope that next year conditions will improve.


this brave little indigo plant, along with three others, has come through the winter, growing 
slowly, but surely.   Perhaps I have produced a strain of hardy indigo plants!

Dyers Chamomile, grown from seed last year, is a lovely splash of yellow.

The first indigo workshop of the 'summer' with the ladies of North Dorset Embroiderers' Guild was a challenge!    Having watched the weather forecasts for the week, it went from
hot and humid to white cloud, rain, with temperature of 14c.  Not ideal to say the least.

Lots of stitching and tying during the morning, then the vat was set up under the gazebo, ready to go after lunch.    The bucket was enclosed in a black bin bag and insulated with newspapers.  Please, this is the end of June!    

We braved the wind and rain, dipped and dyed.  Beautiful blues despite the weather.
No photos!!!    So, well done everyone for sticking with it.

Goodness, a clear night sky to view the Super moon!

Ahhh!  An indigo blue sky

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