The Modern Natural Dyer Work-Along: Phase 2 Kit
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
Field and Forest Dress
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
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. If interested in joining, get in touch and we will give you a shipping quote.
++ 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.