Fresh Indigo Leaf Dyeing

Fresh Indigo leaf dyeing is a very easy way of getting into natural dyeing. In this course we are going to be dyeing using both the salt rub method and ice dyeing method. You will learn: planting indigo, harvesting the leaves, ice dye method, salt rub method, propagating from cuttings, seed saving and more!
Caitlin ffrench · September 14, 2022

Welcome to Fresh Indigo Leaf Dyeing!

Dyeing with fresh indigo leaves is a very easy way of getting started with natural dyeing. Taught by Caitlin ffrench, this course covers dyeing using both the salt rub method and the ice dyeing method. The specific type of indigo that we’ll be working with is Japanese indigo (Persicaria tinctoria), also known as dyer’s knotweed or Chinese indigo.

The videos in this course will teach:

  • Sourcing the seeds
  • Planting indigo
  • Materials needed
  • Harvesting the leaves
  • Ice dye method
  • Salt rub method
  • Re-rooting the stems
  • Seed saving

Just like other ways of indigo dyeing, you will first need to scour your fibres so they will be clean and ready to accept the dye. Information for this is provided in the course workbook and you can learn scouring and preparing items in Caitlin’s Natural Dyeing Basics course.

We’d love to see what you make! Please share any questions, progress and chat in the SOS community forums or on Instagram using the hashtags: #sosnaturaldyeing and #schoolofsweetgeorgia.

Is your mini-skein stash growing? Taking place this September, join in the the fun chat thread in the SOS community forums about our casual make-along, the Great Mini Skein Stash Down, where we'll knit, weave, crochet, punch needle, tapestry etc. with mini-skeins accumulated from the SOS dyeing study groups and courses. ⁠
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Whatever you want to make is fine! This is an unofficial make-along so no hashtags, deadlines, prizes nor rules. Simply an encouraging space to use some of the supplies you have unused (or left over); everyone loves a good mini-skein/scrap busting project! If you know of a good pattern you have done in the past, please share it in the forum thread too. SweetGeorgia has added three patterns available to SOS Members: weaving pattern Trimmed in Twill by Felicia @felicialowong, knitting pattern Winter Dawn by Tabetha @tabismiles, and Felicia's crochet Granny Square tutorial. We hope you'll join in and make with us!⁠
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Pictured here: From the Natural Dyeing Basics course, instructor Caitlin ffrench's @ffrench naturally dyed mini-skeins!⁠
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#sosdyeing #sosnaturaldyeing #soscommunity #miniskein #stashbusting #makealong

Is your mini-skein stash growing? Taking place this September, join in the the fun chat thread in the SOS community forums about our casual make-along, the Great Mini Skein Stash Down, where we'll knit, weave, crochet, punch needle, tapestry etc. with mini-skeins accumulated from the SOS dyeing study groups and courses. ⁠

Whatever you want to make is fine! This is an unofficial make-along so no hashtags, deadlines, prizes nor rules. Simply an encouraging space to use some of the supplies you have unused (or left over); everyone loves a good mini-skein/scrap busting project! If you know of a good pattern you have done in the past, please share it in the forum thread too. SweetGeorgia has added three patterns available to SOS Members: weaving pattern Trimmed in Twill by Felicia @felicialowong, knitting pattern Winter Dawn by Tabetha @tabismiles, and Felicia's crochet Granny Square tutorial. We hope you'll join in and make with us!⁠

Pictured here: From the Natural Dyeing Basics course, instructor Caitlin ffrench's @ffrench naturally dyed mini-skeins!⁠



#sosdyeing #sosnaturaldyeing #soscommunity #miniskein #stashbusting #makealong
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I'm currently spinning through the Rya fleeces that I dyed last year. I'm spinning it all up as singles for use in weaving for upholstery or in weft bundles for tapestry weaving.

It has been lovely revisiting the colours I dyed in 2021. I wonder what colours will come out of the dyepot in 2022?

Pictured skein is 240 meters of Nm 6.4/1 yarn with a diameter of 20wpcm (51wpi), spun from Rya wool that was dyed in the fleece using pomegranate grounds with an alum mordant and an iron modifier.

#svenskull #wool #ull #spinning #spinnersofinstagram #naturaldyeing #green #ryaull #yarn #schoolofsweetgeorgia #sosnaturaldyeing #sosspinning #sosnaturaldyeingstudygroup

I'm currently spinning through the Rya fleeces that I dyed last year. I'm spinning it all up as singles for use in weaving for upholstery or in weft bundles for tapestry weaving.

It has been lovely revisiting the colours I dyed in 2021. I wonder what colours will come out of the dyepot in 2022?

Pictured skein is 240 meters of Nm 6.4/1 yarn with a diameter of 20wpcm (51wpi), spun from Rya wool that was dyed in the fleece using pomegranate grounds with an alum mordant and an iron modifier.

#svenskull #wool #ull #spinning #spinnersofinstagram #naturaldyeing #green #ryaull #yarn #schoolofsweetgeorgia #sosnaturaldyeing #sosspinning #sosnaturaldyeingstudygroup
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April showers bring May flowers! May is here and we sure know exactly what to do with all the fabulous natural colour we're awaiting in our garden beds... eco printing! ⁠
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Whether you harvest natural dye materials from your landbase or source from a natural dye supplier, join in the fun at Caitlin ffrench's @ffrench Eco Printing with Natural Dyes workshop at the SOS site »⁠
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#sosnaturaldyeing #caitlinffrench #schoolofsweetgeorgia #ecoprint #naturaldyeing

April showers bring May flowers! May is here and we sure know exactly what to do with all the fabulous natural colour we're awaiting in our garden beds... eco printing! ⁠

Whether you harvest natural dye materials from your landbase or source from a natural dye supplier, join in the fun at Caitlin ffrench's @ffrench Eco Printing with Natural Dyes workshop at the SOS site »⁠



#sosnaturaldyeing #caitlinffrench #schoolofsweetgeorgia #ecoprint #naturaldyeing
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Start the long weekend with bundles of beautiful natural colour! Teaching different methods of folding, clamping and bundling techniques, learn all about printing with plants at Eco Printing, taught by Caitlin ffrench @ffrench!⁠
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At the School, you can also find Caitlin's Natural Dyeing Basics course, as well as Planting a Natural Dye Garden, to learn more about the fabulous and fun practice of natural dyeing. And if you're not yet an SOS member, or have a fibre friend you'd like to learn along with, use the code: SPRINGSTART to get 7 days for $1 plus save 10% off your subscription! We hope to see you there!⁠
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#sosnaturaldyeing #sosdyeing #ecoprint #ecoprinting #contactprint #naturaldyeing #naturaldyes #caitlinffrench #schoolofsweetgeorgia

Start the long weekend with bundles of beautiful natural colour! Teaching different methods of folding, clamping and bundling techniques, learn all about printing with plants at Eco Printing, taught by Caitlin ffrench @ffrench!⁠

At the School, you can also find Caitlin's Natural Dyeing Basics course, as well as Planting a Natural Dye Garden, to learn more about the fabulous and fun practice of natural dyeing. And if you're not yet an SOS member, or have a fibre friend you'd like to learn along with, use the code: SPRINGSTART to get 7 days for $1 plus save 10% off your subscription! We hope to see you there!⁠



#sosnaturaldyeing #sosdyeing #ecoprint #ecoprinting #contactprint #naturaldyeing #naturaldyes #caitlinffrench #schoolofsweetgeorgia
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Join Caitlin ffrench ffrench over at the School schoolofsweetgeorgia to learn all about the natural beauty and fun of eco printing! Link in bio to the course page!

#sosnaturaldyeing #caitlinffrench #schoolofsweetgeorgia #ecoprint #naturaldyes

Join Caitlin ffrench ffrench over at the School schoolofsweetgeorgia to learn all about the natural beauty and fun of eco printing! Link in bio to the course page!

#sosnaturaldyeing #caitlinffrench #schoolofsweetgeorgia #ecoprint #naturaldyes
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New over at the School... join in a journey of natural dyeing at the Eco Printing Workshop taught by Caitlin ffrench ffrench! ⁠
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repost schoolofsweetgeorgia:⁠
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Fitting perfectly in with our excitement for garden planning and fresh new spring colours bursting from the earth, we're so delighted to share our latest course addition: Eco Printing with Caitlin ffrench ffrench!⁠
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With eco printing or contact printing, we'll learn about different methods of getting dye stuff, either wildcrafted, homegrown or store bought, to make prints onto fabric, yarn and knitted items. Whether it's a blank sock yarn blank you’re going to print and then knit or crochet from, or perhaps a finished object you’ve already made and will then dye, you'll learn all the steps and tools needed to begin the beauty of eco printing! Find more info at the SOS site (link in bio) »⁠

New over at the School... join in a journey of natural dyeing at the Eco Printing Workshop taught by Caitlin ffrench ffrench! ⁠

repost schoolofsweetgeorgia:⁠
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Fitting perfectly in with our excitement for garden planning and fresh new spring colours bursting from the earth, we're so delighted to share our latest course addition: Eco Printing with Caitlin ffrench ffrench!⁠

With eco printing or contact printing, we'll learn about different methods of getting dye stuff, either wildcrafted, homegrown or store bought, to make prints onto fabric, yarn and knitted items. Whether it's a blank sock yarn blank you’re going to print and then knit or crochet from, or perhaps a finished object you’ve already made and will then dye, you'll learn all the steps and tools needed to begin the beauty of eco printing! Find more info at the SOS site (link in bio) »⁠
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Fitting perfectly in with our excitement for garden planning and fresh new spring colours bursting from the earth, we're so delighted to share our latest course addition: Eco Printing with Caitlin ffrench @ffrench!⁠
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With eco printing or contact printing, we'll learn about different methods of getting dye stuff, either wildcrafted, homegrown or store bought, to make prints onto fabric, yarn and knitted items. Whether it's a blank sock yarn blank you’re going to print and then knit or crochet from, or perhaps a finished object you’ve already made and will then dye, you'll learn all the steps and tools needed to begin the beauty of eco printing! Find more info at the SOS site (link in bio) »⁠
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#sosnaturaldyeing #sosdyeing #caitlinffrench #schoolofsweetgeorgia #ecoprinting #contactprinting #dyeingwithplants #naturaldyeing #naturaldyes

Fitting perfectly in with our excitement for garden planning and fresh new spring colours bursting from the earth, we're so delighted to share our latest course addition: Eco Printing with Caitlin ffrench @ffrench!⁠

With eco printing or contact printing, we'll learn about different methods of getting dye stuff, either wildcrafted, homegrown or store bought, to make prints onto fabric, yarn and knitted items. Whether it's a blank sock yarn blank you’re going to print and then knit or crochet from, or perhaps a finished object you’ve already made and will then dye, you'll learn all the steps and tools needed to begin the beauty of eco printing! Find more info at the SOS site (link in bio) »⁠



#sosnaturaldyeing #sosdyeing #caitlinffrench #schoolofsweetgeorgia #ecoprinting #contactprinting #dyeingwithplants #naturaldyeing #naturaldyes
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Soon at the SOS site...⁠
Eco Printing with Caitlin ffrench @ffrench – a workshop teaching how to make prints with wildcrafted or homegrown plants onto either fabric or yarn! ⁠
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If you're new to natural dyeing, we suggest taking a look first at Caitlin's Natural Dyeing Basics course (link in bio) to learn about preparing your item for printing, plus to learn so much more about the colourful world of natural dyes!

Soon at the SOS site...⁠
Eco Printing with Caitlin ffrench @ffrench – a workshop teaching how to make prints with wildcrafted or homegrown plants onto either fabric or yarn! ⁠

If you're new to natural dyeing, we suggest taking a look first at Caitlin's Natural Dyeing Basics course (link in bio) to learn about preparing your item for printing, plus to learn so much more about the colourful world of natural dyes!
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In studio with @ffrench today and we are filming her teaching eco printing with natural dyes! This course is coming out in 2022 for the School of SweetGeorgia and is the perfect follow up to learning how to grow natural dye plants and natural dyeing this past year 🍂🍁🌿 #naturaldyeing #schoolofsweetgeorgia #sosnaturaldyeing

In studio with @ffrench today and we are filming her teaching eco printing with natural dyes! This course is coming out in 2022 for the School of SweetGeorgia and is the perfect follow up to learning how to grow natural dye plants and natural dyeing this past year 🍂🍁🌿 #naturaldyeing #schoolofsweetgeorgia #sosnaturaldyeing ...

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I’ve been on holiday all week and I’ve spent most of it dyeing lots of yarn with natural dye extracts. 
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It’s been so fun to see the colours on proper size skeins instead of the teeny tiny samples 😊
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And I’ve learned a lot! Mostly thanks to an amazing online resource from schoolofsweetgeorgia 🧶
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From top to bottom this merino/nylon sock yarn has been dyed with:
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Sorghum
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Persian Berries (Buckthorn)
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Goldenrod
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Myrobalan + Iron
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Weld + Logwood
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Logwood
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Cochineal
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Cochineal (tiniest amount)
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Would highly recommend a large craft project to occupy your time when it’s far too expensive to go away anywhere! 🙃
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I have two more neutral dye pots still simmering and when they’re done I’ll have dyed most of the yarn I ordered 🙌🏻
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Back to work tomorrow for a rest! 🥱
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#naturallydyed #naturallydyedyarn #naturaldyes #naturallydyedwool #naturaldye #naturaldyes #naturaldyeing #yarndyeing #naturaldyestudygroup #sosnaturaldyeing #schoolofsweetgeorgia #stayhomemakesomething #learnsomethingnew #iloveyarn #yarnlover #yarnhoarder #dyedbynature

I’ve been on holiday all week and I’ve spent most of it dyeing lots of yarn with natural dye extracts.
.
It’s been so fun to see the colours on proper size skeins instead of the teeny tiny samples 😊
.
And I’ve learned a lot! Mostly thanks to an amazing online resource from schoolofsweetgeorgia 🧶
.
From top to bottom this merino/nylon sock yarn has been dyed with:
.
Sorghum
.
Persian Berries (Buckthorn)
.
Goldenrod
.
Myrobalan + Iron
.
Weld + Logwood
.
Logwood
.
Cochineal
.
Cochineal (tiniest amount)
.
Would highly recommend a large craft project to occupy your time when it’s far too expensive to go away anywhere! 🙃
.
I have two more neutral dye pots still simmering and when they’re done I’ll have dyed most of the yarn I ordered 🙌🏻
.
Back to work tomorrow for a rest! 🥱
.
.
.
.
.
#naturallydyed #naturallydyedyarn #naturaldyes #naturallydyedwool #naturaldye #naturaldyes #naturaldyeing #yarndyeing #naturaldyestudygroup #sosnaturaldyeing #schoolofsweetgeorgia #stayhomemakesomething #learnsomethingnew #iloveyarn #yarnlover #yarnhoarder #dyedbynature
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ON THE VLOG // It’s been a couple of weeks since we sat down and talked about anything to do with the fibre arts, and I want to catch you up on all that I’ve been doing this summer. It’s been 10 weeks now working through the Natural Dyeing Study Group at the schoolofsweetgeorgia, and so on today’s vlog, I want to share what we’ve been natural dyeing, and the unexpected lessons I learned from all of that.⁠
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Watch today's Taking Back Friday vlog at our link in bio »⁠
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If you are at all interested in learning about natural dyeing, I encourage you to pop into the school and check out the study group – it will continue to be open with the week-by-week instructions, along with people having discussions as they continue to dye. And if you are interested in learning how to improve your spinning, then I hope you join us for our autumn Spinning Study Group there. With our new Back to School promotion that just launched at the School, it's a great time to check it out at: www.schoolofsweetgeorgia.com!

#sosnaturaldyeingstudygroup #takingbackfridayvlog

ON THE VLOG // It’s been a couple of weeks since we sat down and talked about anything to do with the fibre arts, and I want to catch you up on all that I’ve been doing this summer. It’s been 10 weeks now working through the Natural Dyeing Study Group at the schoolofsweetgeorgia, and so on today’s vlog, I want to share what we’ve been natural dyeing, and the unexpected lessons I learned from all of that.⁠

Watch today's Taking Back Friday vlog at our link in bio »⁠

If you are at all interested in learning about natural dyeing, I encourage you to pop into the school and check out the study group – it will continue to be open with the week-by-week instructions, along with people having discussions as they continue to dye. And if you are interested in learning how to improve your spinning, then I hope you join us for our autumn Spinning Study Group there. With our new Back to School promotion that just launched at the School, it's a great time to check it out at: www.schoolofsweetgeorgia.com!

#sosnaturaldyeingstudygroup #takingbackfridayvlog
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About Instructor

Caitlin ffrench

Caitlin ffrench is a natural dyer, paint maker, forest lover, and stick collector. Caitlin wildcrafts natural dyes and earth pigments from various land bases she visits as a way to create a visual record of place through pigment memories.

4 Courses

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  • 5 Lessons
  • Course Certificate
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