The Modern Natural Dyer – A Giveaway!


Indigo dyed and block printed bandannas by Jen Hewett

I’m not one to shy away from labor-intensive processes – I mean, I regularly block print my own yardage, and then sew it into clothing – but I’d always thought that dyeing fabric (like knitting) would be more time-consuming than even I could handle. However, when Kristine Vejar’s book, The Modern Natural Dyer, came out, I bought a copy, thinking that I would one day try a project or two.

Then Kristine gave me her Waves Bandana kit, and I had no excuse not to experiment.

The kit included everything I needed to create my own indigo vat, and the instructions in her book are really easy to follow. And since, yes, creating the indigo mother and the indigo vat is labor-intensive, I decided to dye a few other items.

Indigo dyed and block printed bandanna by Jen Hewett

Indigo dyed and block printed bags by Jen Hewett

And to make this even more complex, I block printed on top of my dyed items.

Gus wearing an indigo dyed and block printed bandanna by Jen Hewett

Then I made my studio assistant model one of the bandanas.

Waves bandana kit by Kristine Vejar

Kristine is giving away a copy of the book – as well as one of her kits (there are four!) – to one of my blog readers. To enter, just choose one of the kits from her website, and then leave a comment below with your choice of kit. Please note that this is only open to US residents (sorry, everyone else!). I’ll choose a winner at 5pm PST on Monday, November 23rd.

Now I’m off to figure out what else I can dye! Don’t worry, you won’t be seeing a blue Gus any time soon.




101 thoughts on “The Modern Natural Dyer – A Giveaway!”

  1. Love your work. I am a huge blue fan so the Waves Bandana Indigo Kit would be the one for me. Dying my own fabric is on my to-do list so Kristine’s book would be awesome start.
    P.S. Gus looks adorable!

  2. I love the Flowers at my Fingertips kit. I’ve been eyeing the book and would love to learn this alongside my daughter, who loves getting messy!

  3. Would love the flowers at my fingertips kit, or any of them frankly. Your work is so inspiring! I’ve been dyeing with sumac, calendula, elderberry, walnut, yarrow, and nettles this week. So much of it is a surprise, which is half the fun :)

  4. The textures and depth you’ve created with the dye and print layers are fantastic! Personally I’d go for the Waves Bandana kit (cannot resist that tiny whisk!). The flowers at my fingertips kit is also intriguing but I’m dubious about its outcome at MY fingertips- the presentation is lovely but will it look like anything once I’m through with it? Thank you for the giveaway!

  5. So cool ! Ready to start dyeing thanks to so much inspiration flowing . I’ve been doing a lot of printing since I took your e- course . Now time to add in The Modern Dyer and go plant foraging . Of course you’ve showed us how fun the Waves Bandana kit is , and the Flowers at my Fingertips has definitely piqued my curiosity . Thanks !

  6. The Waves Bandana Indigo Kit. This book is on my wish list, I’ve been saving yellow onion skins for months to try some natural dying.

  7. Oh I love the waves bandana indigo kit, bandanas are my fave clothing accessory, indigo is my favorite color–and the name of my best friend!

  8. the indigo kit is intriguing~i’ve tried some eco printing on paper but failed-epically.☺ I love playing with fabric and learning to do some dyeing via the book would be awesome!

  9. I love seeing all of the items people have been dyeing with indigo – I would love to try it. I just love color and I think this book would provide a lot of inspiration.

  10. i’d love the flowers at my fingertips kit, and this book has been on my list since it came out! i think your work is beautiful too. you and your tiny studio are inspiring. thank you!

  11. So sweet of you to offer this giveaway and as always I love to watch what you are doing! Who can’t resist flowers, Flowers At My Fingertips kit, the sewing kit reminds me of a 18th century huswif.

  12. I would love to learn to dye with indigo, so the bandana kit would be my kit choice. I love what you did with the kit! And your dog looks rather pleased too.

  13. I leafed through the book in my LYS and it was just so lovely, I promptly added to my wish list :) Should the stars align, I would pick a logwood purple hat kit.

  14. i love your block printing over the dyed yardage! beautiful. the flowers at my fingertips kit looks like fun. can’t wait to see her book in person, i just love her shop!

  15. I’d like the Northwoods hat kit in red, I’m a knitter so it has the most appeal for me. The Indigo is very tempting too! Thanks for the chance to win. :)

  16. I find all the kits intriguing! I think its a toss up between indigo & Flowers at my Fingertips. But I think I would go for the latter because I just love flowers!

  17. Wow! What an interesting book, and a wonderful site of projects and happenings. Really like the “Flowers at My Fingertips” Kit. My husband is an avid gardner, and it would be awesome to use some of his flowers to create and introduce myself to natural dyes. Thanks for the post.

  18. I’ve tried dyeing many things over the past few years, but I’ve never done indigo. I’d love to try using her Bandana kit! I envision making a pillow cover for a gift…

  19. I love the bandana indigo kit! We’re getting ready to purchase our first house and I’ve already claimed room for a small dye studio… I’m so excited to have a chance to try some natural dyes!

    Thank you for the giveaway.

  20. The Bandana kit looks like fun! I’ve been been wanting to try my hand with dyes to create unique fabrics to sew. Thank you for the opportunity!

  21. Started natural dyeing this summer with mycropigments. There is nothing like natural dyes. I would love the bandana dye kit, but wonder if the temperatures I live in would be too cold (northern Michigan) to use? If so, drooling over the Northwoods hat in logwood. Big fan of your work!

  22. Wow! How cool and lovely! And awesome. I would love to try the Flowers At My Fingertips Kit. I’m totally intrigued by the process and the thought of a slow, mindful project.

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