Using natural dyes may seem challenging at first. There are a few key steps when it comes to the dye process, and it is important that you are using natural materials. Luckily, now there are some really wonderful starter kits available, complete with dyes, instructions, and materials.
Allow me to introduce you to Weaver House. Weaver House is a textile studio newly relocated to New Hampshire from Philadelphia. Here you will find handmade heirloom textiles in homage to craft tradition. Founded by textile artist Rachel Snack after living in Peru, she offers books and tools for weaving projects. You can also find this indigo dye kit on her site.
If you are feeling more color, there is a shop on Etsy called Fiber Culture, based out of Kentucky, that has even thought of including a dye journal for beginner fiber artists. The kit includes ingredients needed to dye natural cellulose based fibers, such as linen, flax, bamboo, rayon, hemp, cotton, or any other plant sourced fiber. Each dye is used to achieve different colors- you can experiment, mix or match to your heart's desire. It is a really nice introduction to anyone who isn't sure where to start or which natural dye they would like to try.
If you have read some of my blog posts, you know how much I love linen, and I would not host a party without it. You can find beautiful handmade napkins that are crafted with 100% European Linen at a shop on Etsy called Bonnie Kaye Studio. Their textiles are designed and screen printed by hand in their East Tennessee studio. Designs are first drawn, then carved out of linoleum blocks - prior to transferring to a screen. With every purchase they donate 5 meals to Feeding America, a nonprofit that provides food to those in need, so that more folks can find enjoyment around their table. We love the palm leaf print on these ecofriendly napkins.
Kazi Goods has everything you need for an eco friendly table setting. Hand crafted with timeless tradition, this carefully dyed raffia fiber table runner brings culturally inspired designs and colors to your globally conscious dinner party. The raffia is colored with organic dyes. Kazi products are crafted in an ethical fair trade environment in Uganda. You will receive a profiled weaver tag on each product.