Dyeing and Hand-Weaving with Natural Indigo

My goal was to dye yarn for different projects I havent quite decided on yet. weaving, possibly crochet too. I made skeins of yarn with gradients/obre, blues from light to navy. and some with ikat style white patches.

The first job was to wind the 100%cotton thread into skeins. loose enough for all parts of the yarn to access the indigo in the vat, but organised enough so that they don’t get into a massive massive tangled mess.

Below I am tying off sections , binding really, so that the thread will have little white sections.

I gave the thread up to 8 dips in the vat to get lots of shades of blue.

tons of thread! yey.

I have started experimenting with some of the threads on my backstrap loom. I want to make some tags for some pouches Ive been working on.

In the two stripy samples above i just used the gradient dyed thread, one single length, to make the stripes. These are weft-faced designs (you cant see the warp threads)

This is a warp-faced test (only the warp threads are visible)

My basic backstap weaving setup.