The Modern Natural Dyer Work-Along: Phase 1 Kit
6328 San Pablo Ave
6328 San Pablo Ave
Oakland CA 94608
*** This item is made to order and will be ready to ship or pick-up 7-10 business days from the date we receive your response to our questions (see below) ***
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 1 ran from January 2016 to April 2016. The main correspondence of the Work-Along took place on the Verb blog and on the Verb Instagram account.
In Phase 1, the focus is on the basics of natural dyeing and learning to use natural dyeing extracts. We think these projects are a good fit for Wintertime when you might be indoors more often than not.
These are the projects included:
Northwoods Hat (or silk scarf kit)
Iron-Age Tee (dyes only; see note below)*
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
+ to combine natural dyeing extracts to create a wide-range of color
+ to learn how fibers within the same type absorb color
+ to use iron
+ to dye garments
+ and more!
The Phase 1 Kit contains:
Fabric, Yarn, and Blanks
+ Bulky wool yarn (1 skein) or silk scarf (1)
+ Organic cotton socks (1 pair)
+ Wool flannel fabric (1/4 yard)
+ Worsted weight 100% US Targhee wool yarn (1 skein)
+ Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight yarn(1 skein)
+ AVFKW Frond Silk Mohair yarn (1 skein)
Optional add-on items*:
+ A. Chanin V-Neck Organic Cotton Tank (1)
+ A. Chanin Long Sleeve Cardigan (1)
Scour, Mordant, and Color Changers
Aluminum potassium sulfate
Natural Dyes (you will choose one dye for each project)
Northwoods Hat: madder, logwood, or weld
Sock Hop: madder, logwood, or cochineal
Wanderlust Bag: weld and logwood
Sandstone Shawl: madder, rhubarb, and fustic - or- madder, cutch, logwood
Iron-Age Tee*: weld / iron or quebracho red / iron
*Iron-Age Tee: This project uses two pre-sewn cotton blanks (a tank top and a cardigan). The Phase 1 Kit includes the mordant, dye, and iron for this project. You have the option of adding an Alabama Chanin tank top and cardigan to your cart using the drop-down menu below (for sizing, see last image). Alternately, you may supply your own cotton garments to dye, or purchase them directly from Alabama Chanin. The amount of mordant, dye, and iron supplied in the kit are based on the weight of the Alabama Chanin garments: the cardigan weighs 148 g and the tank top weighs 122 g.
+ When you purchase the kit, we will send you an email with a series of questions to customize your kit. For example, choose between the Northwoods Hat kit or a silk scarf kit. And then, choose which color you would like: red, yellow, or purple.
+ Purchasing this one large kit, rather than a series of smaller kits, you will save over 25%.
+ Dye Kit will ship 7 - 10 business days from time of order
+ CANADIAN AND INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS EMAIL US for a shipping quote.
Please take care when working with natural dyes. Always use separate pots and tools dedicated to the dyeing process. Wear protective eyewear and gloves. By purchasing these materials you are agreeing to taking all responsibility when using.
When working with goods dyed with indigo, it is common and natural for the blue dye to rub off on one’s hands while sewing. This is called crocking. Although the goods have been washed, it takes pressured contact to release the extra indigo dye. Your handwork is part of the indigo dyeing process. The blue dye can be removed with hot water and soap. From working closely with indigo dyed materials through the making process, typically, the excess dye has been removed, and the crocking will cease.
Once dyed, based upon the fiber content, follow the applicable instructions for the longterm care of them:
Plant-based fibers such as cotton or linen - Machine washable on cool cycle. Hang or lay flat to dry.
Silk - Handwash with cool water recommended. Hang to dry.
Superwash Wool - Machine washable on cool cycle with pH neutral soap, though hand wash recommended. Lay flat to dry.
Wool and Wool blends - Handwash only in lukewarm water with pH neutral soap. Lay flat to dry.
This item is a final sale. Once purchased, there are no cancellations, exchanges, store credits, or returns.
If you would like to add-to-order, please click here to review the instructions. Shipping charges are non-refundable.
If you would like to apply a discount code, please click here to review the instructions. We cannot refund discounts.
Packages ship Tuesday through Saturday via USPS. If purchasing lye, it will ship via UPS Ground. Please provide a physical mailing address (no PO Boxes). Once shipped, you will receive a confirmation email and tracking number. Please use the tracking number provided and contact the shipping carrier directly with any questions about transit and delivery.
Please select the insured option at checkout to ensure compensation for a lost package. Once the package has been picked up by the shipping carrier, we are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged packages. We do not offer refunds or credits for lost or stolen packages.
If you select an insured option and need to file a claim with USPS, we will provide you with any documentation needed to complete your claim. Packages are insured for the order total. If your package is stolen, please contact your credit card company to receive any possible compensation.
Please note: If you choose the 6-7 business day option, your package will ship within 6-7 business days of receiving your order. If you would like your package sooner, please choose the 3 or 4-5 business day option.
US orders $125 pre-tax and above:
Free - 6-7 business days, uninsured
$5 - 4-5 business days, insured
$12 - 3 business days, insured
US orders under $125 pre-tax:
$9.00 - 6-7 business days, uninsured
$11 - 4-5 business days, insured
$20 - 3 business days, insured
Canada: starting at $28*
International: starting at $35*
*For natural dyeing kits, books, and packages weighing 2 pounds plus, we will invoice you for additional shipping charges. Contact us for a quote.
We cannot ship lye outside of the continental United States. All international orders are shipped uninsured USPS First Class Parcel Post. We are not responsible for packages which are held in customs or lost. International orders may incur customs fees. We are not responsible for fees you may incur. International shipments can take two months to reach their destination. We caution against placing an order if you live outside the United States. At this time, we are unable to ship to the United Kingdom due to the complicated VAT situation.
To pick-up your order at our shop, when checking-out, under shipping method, choose Pick up at our Oakland store - 6328 San Pablo Ave.
You will receive an email when your order is ready. Orders placed Tuesday-Saturday are typically ready within 2-3 business days. To pick-up your order, come to the shop between 11am-3pm, Tuesday-Saturday. Knock on the front door and give us your name.
Preorders will ship on the date listed on the product’s webpage. If you ordered additional items, all items will be shipped with your preorder. If you would like those items shipped separately, please place two separate orders.