Dyeing fibre with indigo is a magical experience. Gently heat your indigo vat ingredients in water and watch the bath turn from blue to pale greenish yellow as the oxygen is removed. Dip your fibres in and watch them change from greenish yellow to indigo blue as they get exposed to oxygen. I never get tired of seeing the transformation!
This kit includes:
10g of pre reduced indigo
20g of thiourea dioxide
30g of soda ash
Each comes in a recycled paper envelop.
All you need is water, natural fibres of your choice, and a pot to get an indigo vat going!
Although no mordant is needed for indigo dyeing, indigo must be combined with something to increase the pH (lime) and something to remove all the oxygen from the dye vat (henna). This will allow the indigo to become water soluble and adhere to the fibre.
Pre mix each dye vat ingredient in small containers of water to avoid lumps. Always add powder to liquid, not liquid to powder (to prevent powder from flying everywhere). And wear gloves or your hands will be blue too!
10g of indigo (along with 20g of thiourea dioxide and 30g of soda ash) will dye ~1200g of fibre a pale to medium shade and 600g fibre a medium to dark shade.
As with most natural dyes, the colours will be stronger on protein fibres such as wool or silk. Indigo on cellulose fibres like cotton and linen tend to be paler and more subdued. Synthetic fibres tend not to take up natural dyes.
I accept payment via PayPal, credit card and Etsy gift card. If you'd like to discuss another method of payment, please send me a message.
As soon as I receive your payment, I will prepare your Westlake piece to be shipped out to your mailing address.
I am the only knitter behind Westlake, so please allow 5 days for me to knit, package and mail out your handmade goods. Thanks in advance for your patience!
In order to ensure that your Westlake piece reaches you safe and sound, each smaller hand knit item comes swathed in a bubble envelope. Larger orders will arrive in sturdy poly-mailers.
I package and ship items through Canada Post's regular air mail service, which means that, once mailed, your Westlake item should reach your door in:
- 2 to 9 business days (within Canada)
- 6 to 14 business days (within the USA)
- 6 to 21 business days (international)
This is the most economical shipping option, and so it unfortunately does not come with a tracking number or delivery guarantee. If your item hasn't arrived within the above timeline, please get in touch.
If you would like your package sent Express (comes with a tracking number and delivery guarantee), please get in touch and I would be happy to send you alternate shipping rates.
Please note that International and US parcels may be subject to customs fees at the border, depending on the country you're in, the value of the item and, well, luck (the process seems to be random). Unfortunately, this is out of my control, and I cannot be responsible for paying the fees. You can find out specific fees and duty free thresholds from your local postal service.
If you live in Toronto as well, feel free to contact me about pick-up options.
If for some reason you aren't satisfied with your hand knit Westlake piece, please contact me and I will do my very best to resolve the problem.
If you would like to refund or exchange your Westlake Design, it must not be worn or damaged. As soon as I receive the item, I will refund its cost minus the original shipping charge. Unfortunately I cannot be responsible for covering the shipping charges for returned or exchanged items.
I package my items with care, but if for some reason your Westlake Design was damaged in the mail, contact me as soon as possible to arrange an exchange of the item. Please take a photo of the damaged packaging before opening.
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Feel free to contact me regarding custom orders, questions, or comments. I'd love to hear from you!
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