The Modern Natural Dyer Work-Along: Phase 2 Kit
Announcing our newest project: The Modern Natural Dyer Work-Along. With Kristine's new book, The Modern Natural Dyer, in hand, she has designed a year long course of study to guide you through the book and the natural dyeing process. Kristine has found that project-based learning helps create a direct method for exploring technique. In the Modern Natural Dyer, there are 20 projects, each exploring a different part of the natural dyeing process. With seasonality in mind, the Work-Along is broken into three phases.
In Phase 2, the focus is on the basics of natural dyeing and learning to use grown and gathered dyestuffs and to dye with indigo. These are the projects we will work on:
MAY PROJECT: Flowers at My Fingertips Sewing Kit
JUNE PROJECT: Fishbone Dress
JULY PROJECT: Field and Forest Dress
AUGUST PROJECT: Snapshot Quilt
The main correspondence of the work-along will take place on the Verb blog and on the Verb Instagram account. Throughout the month, we will post an overview of the project, lessons to be learned within that specific project, with tips and tricks to complete the project.
By working on these projects you will learn:
+ the difference between fiber types
+ to naturally dye protein-based and cellulose-based fibers
+ to plan for projects
+ to work efficiently and effectively
+ which plants found in the garden and forest make great dye plants
+ and how to dye and print with these plants
+ to dye with indigo
+ to use iron
+ to dye garments
+ to create patterns using shibori
+ and more!
THE PHASE 2 KIT
We have created a kit to go with the work-along, making it easy to begin the natural dyeing process! You will receive:
Fabric + Thread
Wool flannel fabric (3/8 yard)
Cotton fabric (1/8 yard)
Antwerp linen fabric (1.5 yards)
Essex cotton/linen fabric (3.5 yards)
DMC Embroidery Floss (2 hanks)
Button & craft thread (1 spool)
Antwerp linen fabric (2.25 yards) [optional*]
Tendril Dress sewing pattern [optional*]
Scour, Mordant, and Color Changers
Aluminum potassium sulfate
The Indigo Vat
Organic indigo extract
Sodium hydroxide (lye)**
pH strips + key
4 pair of gloves
3x3" plastic squares
and a beautiful seed packet using seeds from the Verb dye garden!!
*Our recommended kit includes a printed copy of the Tendril Dress pattern and enough linen fabric to sew any of the sizes. To order, select "Phase 2 Kit" below. If you already own the Tendril Dress sewing pattern, or would like to use a pre-sewn dress that you already own, select "Phase 2 Kit: No Tendril Pattern + Fabric".
**CANADIAN AND INTERNATIONAL friends, unfortunately we cannot ship sodium hydroxide (lye) out of the country, so you will need to source this on your own - it is a common ingredient for making soap.
Some fun things to celebrate the start of the Work-Along!
++ This kit includes enough indigo to create two mothers (the concentrated indigo solution) which will dye many, many items beyond the Fishbone Dress and Snapshot Quilt. You will have enough to dye many skeins of yarn, yards of fabric, finished goods like clothing and table linens, and more!
++ Purchasing this one large kit, rather than a series of smaller kits, you will save over 25%.
++ Free shipping for US residents.
++ CANADIAN AND INTERNATIONAL friends, if interested in joining, get in touch and we will give you a shipping quote.