The Modern Natural Dyer Work-Along: Phase 2 Kit

*** This item is made to order and will be ready to ship or pick-up 10-15 business days from time of order. ***

In 2016, in celebration of her new book, The Modern Natural Dyer, Kristine 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.

Originally, with seasonality in mind, the Work-Along was broken into three phases. Phase 2 ran from May 2016 to August 2016. The main correspondence of the Work-Along took place on the Verb blog and on the Verb Instagram account.

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. We think these projects are good for the Spring and Summer when you can get into your garden to grow plants and to use your backyard for indigo dyeing.

These are the projects of focus:

Flowers at My Fingertips Sewing Kit
Fishbone Dress
Field and Forest Dress
Snapshot Quilt

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 contains:

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
    Dishwashing detergent
    Soda ash
    Aluminum potassium sulfate
    Aluminum acetate
    Calcium carbonate
    Ferrous sulfate

      The Indigo Vat
      Organic indigo extract
      Sodium hydroxide (lye)**
      Sodium hydrosulfite
      Soda ash
      pH strips + key

        Verb pencil
        Fabric marker
        3x3" plastic squares
        Sewing needles
        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".

        ++ 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%.


        + Dye Kits will ship 10 -15 business days from time of order

        + Shipping lye: Since this kit contains lye, it will ship via UPS Ground. Please provide a physical mailing address (no PO Boxes). Please note that UPS Ground shipping times may be longer than expected. Please call or email us with any questions.

        + CANADIAN AND INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS, 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. If interested in joining the AVFKW Work-Along, EMAIL US and we will give you a shipping quote.


+ For more shipping information please see our shipping page


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