Indigo Weld Fingering

Beautiful Indigo Weld wool/mohair heavy fingering weight yarn dyed with Indigo and the over-dyed with Weld harvested right here on the farm.

The Yarn

  • 70% Shetland/Cormo Wool
  • 30% Mohair
  • 3 ply heavy fingering
  • ~408 yards/4.4 oz (125 g)

The Natural Dye

  • Un-mordanted yarn first dyed in an Indigo (Indigofera tinctoria) Vat prepared in a Madder (Rubio cordifolia) bath
  • Indigo dyed yarn cured (set) then mordanted
  • Mordanted Indigo yarn overdyed in Weld (Reseda luteola) bath

Washing

  • Hand wash or gentle machine cycle
  • warm/warm small load
  • inside out in sized delicates bag is good practice (not too loose, not too snug)
  • no bleach
  • dry flat

This is Beauregard, whose fleece forms the base of this Indigo Weld fingering weight natural dyed yarn. His mother, Beaulagh, is a Shetland x Cormo Ewe and his father, Chas, is a purebred Shetland Ram who hails from the home of the original North American breed rescue flock of Colonel G.D. Dailley, the first person granted permission to import the rare Shetland Sheep directly from the Shetland Isles to Canada.

Beauregard is a Wether, so his only job is to grow beautiful fleece. His fleece is processed at Wellington Fibres, a short drive from the farm. There it is blended with 30% mohair from the mill’s own her of Angora Goats. It is spun and plied with a good twist into a 3 ply sock yarn.

This small, laborious batch starts with the preparation of an Indigo Vat. I used a Madder bath for the reducing agent to convert the insoluble Indigo powder into a soluble form that can be taken up and held by the yarn. The resulting yarn is the same denim colour world renowned as the base of blue jeans.

Once the yarn cured for 2 weeks I mordanted the yarn and prepared a second dye bath with dried and chopped up Weld plants. I strained out the plant parts after simmering a few hours and then dyed the Indigo skeins in that bath. The yellow dyed over the blue created the Indigo Weld shades of green and yellow-green on this yarn.

Beauregard, a Shetland x Cormo Wether