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Indigo Dyeing for spinners at Knuston Hall
05/09/2018 –16:30 - 17:00£45.00
Indigo dyeing for spinners at Knuston Hall, a day out for handspinners and a chance to dye your own skein of handspun yarn, or a silk scarf, cap or hanky, or even a bobbin complete with singles thread on it. Indigo has much to recommend it as a dye; it is a natural product and will dye any fibre,there is no need for mordanting and it is said to be anti-septic and that is why the ancient Britons painted themselves in woad. Woad grows naturally in Britain and is chemically the same structure as Indigo. It works by wrapping itself around and covering a target surface. When the target (skein, scarf etc) is lifted out of the dye bath into the air a chemical reaction takes place which turns the green surface blue. It is quite a sight. If the blue is not sufficiently dark then the item can be put back into the dye bath and will be darker next time. If the target is dipped too many times cracks appear in the surface and the indigo will begin to flake off – known as ‘crocking’.
Buy silk caps or hankies (£5) or bring your own skein of yarn, a silk scarf or something of similar size to dye. Unspun fleece and fibres is not suitable for dyeing due to the difficulty in handling it. Silk, as hankies or caps for dyeing can be purchased on the day.
Bring your spinning wheel or weaving loom and simply watch the dyeing and enjoy quality time with a supportive and friendly group – no need to dye if you don’t feel like it! Day begins at 10am with coffee and home-made biscuits in main reception and includes a 3 course lunch and afternoon tea. Booking – with Pam – is essential firstname.lastname@example.org, 01858535466, 07940839143 as numbers are limited. Dyeing will be in the Practical room and parking in the lower car park.