Back in the spring, I got some woad seeds and I thought, "Hey, why not?" I planted them, watered them, and created a little dye garden raised bed for them. They grew and thrived and now it was time to try them out.
Back in the spring, I also ordered a few silk scarves, in anticipation of dyeing them with woad and goldenrod. The first step was to prepare the scarves. I wanted to experiment with various shibori techniques, and luckily, the internet is full of DIY. The scarf in the picture below I planned on dyeing in graduating tones from light to dark, with a little design on the dark end. I traced some circles onto the scarf and then basted a stitch around each circle.Next I pulled all the stitches tight and that was that! I experimented with a variety of other techniques on my big scarf and then I soaked them overnight in water to prepare them for dyeing in the morning.
Next, I headed into the garden to cut my lush woad leaves. I need 4 times the weight of the fabric I was dyeing in leaves. I was left with lots leftover, so I think I will be dyeing again in the future!