The Modern Natural Dyer Work-Along: Phase 3 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 3 ran from September 2016 to December 2016. The main correspondence of the Work-Along took place on the Verb blog and on the Verb Instagram account.
In Phase 3, the focus is on the basics of natural dyeing and creating fun, easy gifts for your friends and family. We think this kit is great to do in the Fall to create holiday gifts.
These are the projects of focus:
Northern Lights Scarf
Mama's Little Teacup Onesie
Berry Patch Necklace
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 dye with indigo
+ to combine indigo and other dyes
+ to create simple resist patterns on fabric and yarn
+ to dye with dyestuff from your kitchen
+ to dye on unspun fiber
+ and more!
The Phase 3 Kit contains:
Blanks, Yarn, and Fiber
Silk scarves (3)
Organic cotton baby onesie (1)
DMC Embroidery Floss (1 hank)
Blue Sky Fibers Organic Skinny Cotton (1 skein)
Wool top fiber (1 oz)
Silk ribbon (1 yard)
Scour, Mordant, and Baths
Aluminum potassium sulfate
The Indigo Vat
Organic indigo extract
Sodium hydroxide (lye)**
pH strips + key
Northern Lights Shawl: logwood
Mama's Little Teacup Onesie: black tea
Confetti Cowl: cochineal
Berry Patch Necklace: cochineal, madder, and logwood
4 pair of gloves
**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.
++ This kit includes enough indigo to create one mothers (the concentrated indigo solution) which will dye many items beyond the Northern Lights Scarf. You will have enough to dye yarn, fabric, and 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%.
++ CANADIAN AND INTERNATIONAL friends, if interested in joining, get in touch and we will give you a shipping quote.