My original fructose vat lasted for a year and was the most wonderful learning experience for this infatuated indigo dyer but the day came recently when all my testing revealed that it was time to let her go. I needed a fresh young girl. Still it was sad to see my big mamma go.
I pulled together the resources for a slightly smaller vat this time as I am going to take more time to dye smaller and more manageable pieces in this precious vat from now on. Using an organic indigo vat requires respect! and a whole lot of patience and time.
Once you have the ingredients for the vat you need to warm the water to a scorching 80 degrees!
It takes a fair bit of work to grind the indigo powder into a hydrated paste to add to the vat.
Next comes the glucose and the lime.
After a big stir it's 'put to bed ' until the next day.
More testing and checking before the excitement of dyeing your beautiful fabric or threads.