A vat of indigo is a magic show. The first act begins when fabric slipped under its surface emerges an electric yellow green. By interacting with the oxygen in the air we breathe, the compounds held tight in the leaves of the indigo plant begin to bond with the fibers of cotton, linen, or silk. Who knew they would ever meet this way? As the chemistry ensues, the green deepens in mere minutes to the hallmark indigo blue.
Then, the second act. While the dye stewed outside, you carefully folded your fabric, securing it into tight parcels. What you can see of your fabric will bond with the plant’s dye while what’s tucked away inside will hide from the indigo. The pattern created by outside and inside, dyed and undyed, is held locked in the parcel of fabric as you dunk it into the liquid dye.
The result—each is the only one like it in the world, now or ever—is only revealed when the dye deepens to blue, the binding of the fabric is cut, and the fabric unfurls. The process of dyeing with indigo is as easy as it is beautiful.
This kit guides you in greeting this process of art and craft. It starts with an introduction to some basics about resist-dye techniques and how to build a vat of indigo—you’ll probably use items you already have on hand at home. Included are all the elements of an indigo vat, plus items to help you as you fold and bind fabric to create the designs you’d like to explore, whether organic or happy geometry or some combination of the two. Directions included in the kit for the care of your new hand-dyed textiles ensure you will enjoy them for years. This kit will easily dye 3-5 t-shirts, several sets of napkins or tea towels, several skeins of yarn, or other project that measures 5 yards or fewer.
Be sure to pair this kit with natural fibers such as cotton, linen, and silk—no synthetic fibers.
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“Great kit! Used it for some indigo dye projects at our homeschool. The kids loved it and the projects turned out great.” —Tara in her five-star review
“Amazing! I’m obsessed. So easy to follow directions. Easy to dye and easy to create amazing patterns. Highly recommend this to ANYONE!!” —Alison’s five-star review
“I bought this as a gift for my friend and she loved it!” —Ray in a five-star review
EACH KIT INCLUDES:
-Enough indigo to create one gallon of dye -1 pair of gloves
-2 wood blocks
-1 100% cotton tea towel
-Written instructions and links to videos on shibori fabric binding techniques
-Handmade, hand-dyed indigo cloth pouch to hold your supplies, or serve as gift wrapping
-Natural fibers to dye (examples: cotton, linen, silk)
-A bucket large enough to hold a gallon of dye, ideally with a lid in case you don’t use all your dye during one session (dye stays active for 2-3 days, depending on how it’s used and stored)
-A pole or stick for stirring
House Sparrow Fine Nesting is a handmade home textiles company. I’m Natasha Heller, and I founded HSFN here in my hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. I teach textiles craft, and I build DIY craft kits and custom textile pieces. My work can be found here and as far away as Alaska and Australia.
My greatest loves are plant dyes, quilts, and vintage textiles. A third-generation hand-quilter, I learned stitchcraft under the sewing table where my grandmother worked, transforming scraps left over from caretaking into new, beautiful things to nurture us.
I believe stitchcraft adds meaning and energy to our spaces in a way that brings us together. Each stitch we make by hand, even on small things, creates a moment of care and intention. These notches in time have the power to heal and inspire us. We can live bigger and with more courage.
Find indigo inspiration on my Pinterest board: https://www.pinterest.com/hsfinenesting/indigo-shibori-ideas/
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Loved this kit - was able to dye over 20 pieces. Super happy with the result!
Very fun kit. Made dyeing so easy. It also makes a lot of dye - I think I dyed an entire sheet set, 6 shirts, 2 socks and some other random stuff. Thanks, it was fun!
Great kit! Used it for some indigo dye projects at our homeschool. The kids loved it and the projects turned out great.
Loved this kit. Used it for a king sized duvet cover and 4 pillow cases. It’s easy to use and turned out beautifully. Thank you!
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