Friday, July 23, 2010

Indigo at Joybilee Farm in the news

Tomorrow is the annual Joybilee Farm Indigo/Woad Dye Day.  It's our third year for this special event and we're making some improvements. 

  • We'll have a second resist table set up to accommodate more people and more creativity. 
  • We'll be selling prepared indigo vats for people to bring their own items to dye -- each $20 vat will dye 1 kg. of fabric or yarn to a dark blue, plus another lb. to a paler shade for gradations of blue.  
  • We get a lot of questions about woad, the only natural indigo plant that can be grown in our zone 3, mountain climate.  Sarah will be demonstrating an indigo extraction from Woad leaves and dyeing with the result, beginning at 11am.  Her demonstration will take about 4 hours.
If you are coming out to the farm for the day, be sure to bring a bag lunch.  You can get pretty hungry watching the vats and there's no food service at the farm.

Okanagan Art Works, an e-zine about artists in the Thompson Okanagan region of B.C., published a feature article about Joybilee Farm, woad and our indigo dye day in their July issue. Sarah's woad indigo science experiments are featured in the article. Find it on page 21 to 25 of the online publication.

Sarah with her woad dyed yarn and her 2 silver medals from the Canada Wide Science Fair 2009, for her science project on Sustainably Grown Woad Indigo.


  1. Wish I could have been in town to try the Indigo dye! Looks like fun.

  2. It sure is a lovely color, cheers Marie