Tiny indigo harvest

I was feeling embarrassed about my neglected dye garden and was continuing to ignore it. But an Instagram account I follow posted about her experiments dyeing little pieces of cloth with a small amount of indigo leaf and salt. The “salt rub method” can be looked up online. It’s easy. I harvested all but a few stalks of indigo, leaving a few with blooms that might set seed. This gave me enough to dye a small strip of organza a moody blue. I also dyed a bandaid that I happened to have on my finger from an incident with a super-sharp chef’s knife.

My indigo harvest 2021
26 grams of leaf
Salt rub method in progress. The leaves are overly dry, not much juice here.
Dyed bandaid
Dyed silk organza strip

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