Journeys' Sampler: Artists Edition No. 1

Journeys in Natural Dyeing shares the story of Kristine Vejar and Adrienne Rodriguez’s travels to four countries, Iceland, Mexico, Japan, and Indonesia, where they visited natural dyers who use their locally-sourced dyes in dramatically different environments to create textiles that evoke beauty, a connection to the land on which they live, and showcase their mastery of skill. This book includes profiles of the artists met.

From their California-based studio, Vejar and Rodriguez used their own locally-grown and gathered dyestuffs, from leaves to fungi, and utilized techniques, from extraction to fermentation, to create over 400 shades of color. This book shares their process and includes recipes and projects to create all of these colors and more. In addition, you will learn how to use your own natural environment to create deep, beautiful colors. You will see your neighborhood in a whole new way. 

In this book, you will learn how-to:
+ create the widest palette possible using dye sourced locally through shifts in pH, the use of iron water, combining dyes, and using naturally-colored fibers
+ identify and gather mushrooms for dyeing
+ grow, harvest, compost, and ferment Persicaria tinctoria (indigo) based upon 100 square feet of space
+ extract indigo pigment from Persicaria tinctoria to use at a later date
+ use plant-based mordants
+ create concentrates from locally sourced barks and leaves, such as Birch and Maple, for room-temperature dyeing
+ and more!

This kit includes materials naturally-dyed by the four main artists featured in Journeys:

+ 3 colorways of yarn dyed by Guðrún Bjarnadóttir of Hespa
Selfoss, Iceland

+ 5 mini-skeins of yarn dyed by Demetrio Bautista Lazo of La Cúpula Rug Gallery
Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico

+ 1 piece of batik fabric dyed by Dalmini of Batik Tulis Kebon Indah
Kebon, Indonesia

+ 4 pieces of indigo-dyed fabric by BUAISOU
Tokushima, Japan

We hope by sharing these materials, as you flip through the pages of Journeys, you will have a tactile experience of feeling the texture and seeing the colors created from each artists' local environment. Use these materials to mend, embroider, and embellish - or just keep them at your side for inspiration.

Please note: the kit photographed is representational of the color and patterns you will receive. Each kit is unique. The number of items in each kit will be consistent with what we have listed above.