These kits were created for my virtual "Dyeing with Nature" workshop, but you can purchase just the supplies and work on your own with the written syllabus.
In the class, booked seperately, you'll have access to 3+ hours of HD film of process, explanation and demonstration, organized into 14 video sessions. The class is structured so you can take as a week intensive or throughout the month, or longer! Each session requires about an hour or two a day.
The supplies come with a pdf of the class syllabus, so it is possible to create without booking the virtual workshop. But much of the info may be confusing without the visual help, and there is a ton of extra information when you watch the class
For the class you will need a bunch of materials and equipment. But I have listed "necessary" with no marking, "recommended" with a star and "optional" with two stars. Please note that some "on budget" dye stuff options are not lightfast and have a very low saturation of color, but it can be a good place to start! You can always grab better dyes once you have a better grasp on the process.
Both size options come with the same materials, but different amounts. The "Micro Kit" you should be able to dye about 9oz of fiber. The "Mega Kit" about 3 pounds of fiber.
1oz =1 cotton bandana 1lb = 1 yard medium weight fabric
Dyes (included in kit)
(substitution in lesser strength: turmeric, onion skins)
Sappanwood (Brazilwood) Dye
(substitution in MUCH lesser strength: red cabbage)
(substitution in lesser strength: black tea)
Modifiers and Assists (included in kit)
*Calcium carbonate: chalk (substitution in lesser strength: TUMS)
*Potassium bitartrate: cream o’ tartar
Sodium carbonate: soda ash (substitution in lesser strength: baking soda)
Citric Acid (substitutions in lesser strength: vinegar, citrus zest)
Ferrous Sulfate (substitutions: rusty objects or iron supplement pills)
Fabric Preparation (included in kit)
Calcium Acetate (or actual Alum Acetate, or Sodium Acetate)
Suggested Supplies (optional, additional purchase)
*Synthrapol Washing Agent
*Thickening Agent (gum arabic, guar gum, etc)
*Small Non-Reactive Pot
Medium-Large Non-Reactive Pot
Filter ie. mesh, tshirt, stockings, muslin
Blender (food use one is fine)
Spoon or Tongs
Pail or Bucket
Bin or Dish
*Scale for grams/ounces
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