Dyeing fibre with indigo is a magical experience. Gently heat your indigo vat ingredients in water and watch the bath turn from blue to pale greenish yellow as the oxygen is removed. Dip your fibres in and watch them change from greenish yellow to indigo blue as they get exposed to oxygen. I never get tired of seeing the transformation!
This kit includes: 10g of pre reduced indigo 20g of henna 30g of lime (calcium hydroxide) Each comes in a glass jar.
All you need is water, natural fibres of your choice, and a pot to get an indigo vat going!
Although no mordant is needed for indigo dyeing, indigo must be combined with something to increase the pH (lime) and something to remove all the oxygen from the dye vat (henna). This will allow the indigo to become water soluble and adhere to the fibre.
10g of indigo (along with 20g of henna and 30g of lime) will dye ~1200g of fibre a pale to medium shade and 600g fibre a medium to dark shade.
As with most natural dyes, the colours will be stronger on protein fibres such as wool or silk. Indigo on cellulose fibres like cotton and linen tend to be paler and more subdued. Synthetic fibres tend not to take up natural dyes.
* This listing only includes the packets of natural dyestuff and instruction. It does not include the yarn pictured, which is shown to give an idea of possible colours).
I am the only knitter behind Westlake, so please allow 5 days for me to knit, package and mail out your handmade goods. Thanks in advance for your patience!
In order to ensure that your Westlake piece reaches you safe and sound, each smaller hand knit item comes swathed in a bubble envelope. Larger orders will arrive in sturdy poly-mailers.
I package and ship items through Canada Post's regular air mail service, which means that, once mailed, your Westlake item should reach your door in:
- 2 to 9 business days (within Canada) - 6 to 14 business days (within the USA) - 6 to 21 business days (international)
PLEASE NOTE: Holiday shipping deadlines for regular air mail are as follows: Within Canada Dec 11 US Dec 4 Worldwide Nov 27
This is the most economical shipping option, and so it unfortunately does not come with a tracking number or delivery guarantee. If your item hasn't arrived within the above timeline, please get in touch.
If you would like your package sent Express (comes with a tracking number and delivery guarantee), please get in touch and I would be happy to send you alternate shipping rates.
Please note that International and US parcels may be subject to customs fees at the border, depending on the country you're in, the value of the item and, well, luck (the process seems to be random). Unfortunately, this is out of my control, and I cannot be responsible for paying the fees. You can find out specific fees and duty free thresholds from your local postal service.
If you live in Toronto as well, feel free to contact me about pick-up options.
I accept payment via PayPal, credit card and Etsy gift card. If you'd like to discuss another method of payment, please send me a message.
As soon as I receive your payment, I will prepare your Westlake piece to be shipped out to your mailing address.
Returns & exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
Custom or personalized orders
Conditions of return
Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.
Additional return information
If for some reason you aren't satisfied with your hand knit Westlake piece, please contact me and I will do my very best to resolve the problem.
If you would like to refund or exchange your Westlake Design, it must not be worn or damaged. As soon as I receive the item, I will refund its cost minus the original shipping charge. Unfortunately I cannot be responsible for covering the shipping charges for returned or exchanged items.
I package my items with care, but if for some reason your Westlake Design was damaged in the mail, contact me as soon as possible to arrange an exchange of the item. Please take a photo of the damaged packaging before opening.
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I do my very best to take pictures that show an item's colour accurately, however colours may appear different on different computer monitors.
Feel free to contact me regarding custom orders, questions, or comments. I'd love to hear from you!
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