I realised a little late that I should have picked my woad earlier. But decided I had nothing to lose by picking it now.
Then the chopping…
Then the vat. How blue should the froth be, to be blue enough? These are the questions that plague my blue-dyeing!
Eventually, I had a vat. The wool came out the same colour it was when it went in. The second vat had a lot more leaf to the same volume of water.
I ended up with some blue-pale blue-bluish wool.
And some silk thread that is more of a silver grey. I swear it was blue after the second vat, but either subsequent re-dips stripped the colour back out, or it was fugitive. Or I dreamed it. Well, they do say that woad doesn’t bear much indigotin, and harvesting in winter is not ideal. But, am I allowed to be a bit disappointed anyway?