Naturally dyed textiles from the Pacific Northwest

Seattle, Washington | 88 Sales


Naturally dyed textiles from the Pacific Northwest

Seattle, Washington 88 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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I'm moving across town next month and in order to (slightly) lighten the load, I'm running a sale in my shop beforehand! From now until August 12th, use the code "MOVINGSALE" to get 15% off anything in my Etsy shop, including this market bag!
I'm loving all the delicate little shapes and variations in the color on this market bag today!
I'm looking back at some of my recent dyeing photos. A good yellow dye bath is feeling especially sunny on this rainy Seattle morning!
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Naturally dyed textiles from Seattle, Washington

My name is Kate, and I am the woman behind Deep Sky Design.

I began dyeing fabric around 2011 while living in Chicago, helping out with a local artist who would use the fabrics in her work. From there, I started exploring different natural dyes and their results.

My dyeing practice was put on hold for a bit while I moved out to the Pacific Northwest and went back to school. While studying, I also started learning more and more about indigo dyeing and shibori (a Japanese technique of creating designs and patterns in fabric by folding, clamping, and sewing cloth so that specific parts of it will resist the dye). Now I'm happily living in Seattle, working as a designer, and dyeing again in earnest, applying what I've learned. I'm most interested in the variations that occur with natural dyes and how those interact with different geometric patterns and shapes. I'm inspired by the mountains, the water, and the plants around me here in the Pacific Northwest.

Although I've been dyeing fabric for a few years on my own, I launched Deep Sky in 2017 as a new outlet for my practice. The name comes from astronomy. Deep-sky objects are the things you can see in the night sky like galaxies and nebulae (basically, ones that aren't stars, planets, or comets). Every time I make a dye pot or start a vat of indigo, it always looks like some kind of undiscovered or unnamed galaxy to me, so it seemed only fitting to name my work after them.

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    Museum enthusiast, amateur botanist, avid explorer.

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Last updated on Jan 28, 2018
Frequently asked questions
Are your dyes vegan?

The majority of my dyes are vegan as they come from plant matter. The only exception to this is cochineal, which is made from insects. I provide more details on dyes on individual listings.

Are the colors in your photos accurate?

I do my best to accurately photograph and describe all of my objects, but colors may appear differently on different computer monitors and screens.

Natural dyes also tend to lead to variations in the colors, which I note in object descriptions (and photograph when the variation is particularly noticeable).

If you have any questions about the colors of specific listings or are looking for something that is an exact color, please do not hesitate to reach out to me - I'm happy to answer questions, provide more photos, or work with you to make something that is the exact color you're looking for!

Care instructions

Natural dyes can be prone to fading. The best way to care for my goods is to wash them, either on a delicate cycle or by hand, with cold water. Line dry scarves and other accessories. Dish towels and cotton goods can be tumble dried on a low setting. When possible, keep your dyed goods out of direct sunshine to help protect the colors.