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NATURAL DYE :: DYE-IT-YOURSELF KITS

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ANINI Designs :: NATURAL DYE :: DYE-IT-YOURSELF KIT

Choose from a variety of well-made, fun & creative dyeable items and learn the process of Natural Dye in your own home, on your own schedule!
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WHICH DYE TO ORDER :: ABOUT THE DYES + COLORS:
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ANNATTO SEEDS give a range of Peach to Orange colors.
COCHINEAL (insects) gives a Bright Pink to Fuschia.
CUTCH (heartwood) gives a range of Caramels, Taupes + Tans.
MADDER ROOT gives Rusty, Earthy Reds.
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DIY DYE KIT INCLUDES:
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* Instructions Booklet
* 1 pack of Natural Dye - Your choice of: Annatto, Cochineal, Cutch, OR Madder
* 1 pack of Pre-Mordant - Alum
* Set of 3 Different Fabric Samples
* 1 Dyeable -- ** SEE LIST OF CHOICES BELOW
** CHOOSE FROM THE FOLLOWING DYEABLES TO COMPLETE YOUR KIT:
(a) APRON (Adult-Medium, 100% Cotton)
(b) FARMER'S MARKET BAG (100% Cotton)
(c) ONESIE, BABY (100% Organic Cotton, Medium: 6-12 months)
(d) ONESIE, BABY (100% Organic Cotton, Large: 12-18 months)
(e) SCARF (100% Bamboo-Rayon)
(f) SCARF (100% Chiffon Silk)
(g) SCARF (100% Classic Silk)
(h) SCARF INFINITY (100% Cotton Jersey)
* (i) SILK PILLOWCASE (100% Charmeuse Silk, SIZE: 21"x32") -- $60
(j) TAROT-ALTAR CLOTH (100% Silk)
(k) YARN SKEIN (100% Swiss Alpine Combed Cotton)
* (l) YARN SKEIN (40% Baby Alpaca/40% Merino/20% Silk) -- $55

Welcome to the Amazing World of Natural Dye!

The NATURAL DYE :: DYE-IT-YOURSELF KIT is a perfect place to begin exploring the magical world of Natural Dye--a place where Science, Math and Art intersect. Truly a space of limitless exploration and experimentation.

This kit includes an Instruction Booklet that will walk you through the Process of Using a Natural Dye + Mordant (otherwise known as a Fixative/Fixer) safely, efficiently and with care. It will give you the opportunity to dye a variety of fabric samples of different fiber types, as well as 1 finished dyeable (your choice).

This Natural Dye Kit will take you through the processes of preparing and using:
~ The Scouring process to prep your dyeables,
~ Mordant to permanently fix the dye so it's wash-fast and light-fast,
~ Natural Dye (choose one) to dye color into your fiber
~ & Rinsing, to finish the process off.

This NATURAL DYE :: DYE-IT-YOURSELF KIT contains everything needed to get started. It includes 3 fabric dye samples to explore the varying results on different fibers. And it includes one ready-to-mordant + dye item.

When finished experimenting with the included samples and dyeable, there will be plenty of mordants and dye left for you to play with dyeing your own item(s) (the dye will continue, but will gradually fade into lighter tones).

This kit is perfect for anyone wishing to learn the basics of Natural Dyeing. It's especially perfect for the fiber-enthusiast--think knitters, crocheters, sewers, weavers, and more. Anyone working with yarn/thread/fabric/textiles has wondered what it'd be like to dye their own items to get that perfect shade or hue. The kit is equally fun for artists + crafters, designers + decor-lovers, science-math-geeks, teens, (older) kids + homeschoolers (with adult supervision) & home-chefs who've wondered about the process of cooking up color.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
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* An Apron or Old Clothes / Gloves
* A Pot (preferably stainless steel or aluminum--not to be used with food afterward)
* A Stirring Tool / Tongs / Spoon (preferably wooden, stainless steel, aluminum or plastic--not to be used with food afterward)
* A Mixing Cup (paper/plastic work fine--not to be used with food afterward)
* A pH-Neutral Soap (Dawn, Washing Soda, Sodium Carbonate, Soda Ash, Sal Soda, Synthropol all work perfectly)
* A Place to Hang Samples and Dyed Items to Dry
* OPTIONAL: Fabric/Fiber to Experiment With -- There'll be plenty of leftover Mordant to soak your item(s) in and Dye in the Dye Pot.

HOW MUCH DYE IS THERE?
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All dyes have been weighed in quantity to match what is needed to dye your 3 samples + dyeable. There will be enough Mordant and Dye after the process for you to dye at least one more small item, if not more, dependent on the size and weight of the item you choose to dye (i.e. there's not enough Mordant or Dye for say a sheet, but a small fabric, like a pillowcase or dishcloth, will come out less colorful than your first samples and dyeable, but dyed in a lighter shade surely).

The Dye bath will continue giving color until the dye particulates have been fully depleted. This means that you can continue to use it until the bath is not giving enough color to your liking. Important, the Mordant is what makes the Natural Dye adhere to fabric, so be sure to pre-mordant any item(s) you plan on dyeing.

** If interested, there is another kit available, the NATURAL DYE :: COLOR SHIFT KIT. These kits supply a variety of yarn + fabric samples to explore Natural Dye, Mordants and Post-Mordant Color Shifting (1 DYE = 2 COLORS).

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PROCESSING TIME:
This item is ready to ship upon order. This item will be posted within 3 standard business days (not including holidays)...but generally speaking, I get things out to the post office on the day they are ordered or the next morning. :) If you specific time constraints, please do reach out to me before purchase. Thank you!

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ANINI MISSION:
I am committed to creating pieces that speak in conversation with, for, and in support of our amazing environment.
By purchasing from ANINI Designs you are supporting an independent, work-from-home fiber artisan who is weaving her peace, love, joy and the future into each textile.

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* All shipments shipped in gift-ready packaging. Please add a NOTE upon purchase if you'd like a hand-written note included in your package. Thanks!

* * Colors may vary slightly due to computer settings.

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