Beginner Natural Dyeing Kit, learn to dye using plant materials

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Preparation takes 1-3 business days
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Made in Toronto, Canada

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Natural Dyeing Kit// Dye your own natural fibres

Explore the magic of natural dyeing with plants and minerals with this kit.Choose from marigold yellow, madder red/pink, indigo blue, or cochineal fuschia, and dye any natural fibre you choose! The kit includes enough dye for you to experiment with different fibres and garments, colours and shades. Each kit comes with instructions, so it makes a great gift for beginner dyers to learn how to coax multiple colours and shades from one dye plant using mordants and afterbaths.

You will need a spare pot, cup or jar (for mixing the dye powders), and spoon or tongs that you can devote to dyeing, plus natural fibres to dye. Even plant dyes are not always food safe, so separate pots and utensils are an essential part of the dyers toolkit. Some people also prefer to use gloves and an apron to avoid staining your hands or clothes.

Indigo Kit: $35
Indigo dye has been used around the world for many centuries, as it's one of the few plant based sources of blue. With a bit of coaxing (to make the blue pigment water soluble), indigo plants can make a wonderful range from pale sky blue to the deepest navy. Fibre natural dyed with indigo tend to have some "rub off" of colour. It's not at all harmful and will wash off your hands, but may stain wooden needles.
10g prereduced indigo
20g thiourea dioxide
30g soda ash

Marigold Kit: $35
Marigolds are a wonderful companion plant in any vegetable garden, and also naturally dye in a beautiful range of yellows, golds, and browns.
30g dried marigolds
50g alum mordant
10g iron mordant/afterbath

Madder Root Kit: $35
Madder root produces a gorgeous array of reds, oranges, corals and pinks on natural fibres. One of the oldest sources of red dye, and native to southern Europe and the Mediterranean, madder was once widely cultivated to make the coveted colour red.
30g dried madder root
50g alum mordant
10g iron mordant/afterbath

Cochineal Kit: $40
Cochineal was one of the first ever sources of red dye. The cochineal insect is native to Mexico and Central America, and in the 16th century became one of the world's most valuable commodities! It was so rare and expensive that only nobility could afford wear it- yet even so, some countries created laws to prevent lower classes from wearing royal reds and purple.
10g cochineal
50g alum mordant
10g iron mordant/afterbath

    Average review
    Jul 11, 2018 by kristaylor081
    Jul 1, 2018 by emilykay12
    May 24, 2018 by Tania Rivera
    Love the Marigold dye! I got three different beautiful shades (a sunshine yellow, gray and olive green) out of this dye! Easy to use and takes well! Owner is very helpful! Will buy this dye again!
    Mar 7, 2018 by Making Maranatha
    Absolutely love this natural dye! So excited to see the variety of shades I can get from on color! Owner responds quickly and is super helpful! Will purchase again!
    Mar 7, 2018 by Making Maranatha

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Preparation takes 1-3 business days
Arrives from Canada
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