Indigo Dyeing (Online)


The one and only blue, found in so many Scandinavian linens! In this workshop, students will have the opportunity to make their own indigo vat at home and bring those blues to life themselves. Using a mineral-based vat is simple, fun, and can dye huge amounts of fabric! Whether you're a Nordic weaver looking to integrate flammegarn techniques into your linen coverlets, or if you'd just like to add some blue to your home, this class will get your started.



Mondays, June 20 and 27, 5:30-7:30 pm CT


This is an online class hosted on Zoom. 


A kit of materials (a $55 value!) shipped to your house is included in the registration fee and includes an organic indigo vat kit and textiles to dye. In addition to the fabric included in the kit of materials, the vat will be strong enough to dye several cellulose-based garments or several yards of cloth. Linen, cotton, hemp, or rayon are recommended; this vat is not suited for protein-based fibers.

Students will need to provide a 5-gallon bucket, a stirring dowel or stick, gloves, hot water, and additional cellulose-based textiles as well as a computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and mic and a fast, reliable internet connection.

If you are registering for this class in a location outside the United States, you will need to provide your own supplies. Please contact when you register for more information about what materials are required for this class.

Special Instructions: 

When registering for the class, please make sure to use the email address you'd like the Zoom meeting invitations sent to. You will receive links to the Zoom sessions by email sometime during the week prior to the class. If this class is a gift, please sign up with the recipient's mailing and email addresses or be prepared to forward all communications and/or kit supplies.

Enrollment Deadline: 

June 5, 2022


About the Instructor:

Hailing from the Great Plains, Lesley Darling's passion for fiber and folklife has led her on quite the journey, including herding rare-breed sheep in Wales and learning a dying language while knitting with elders in Sweden. In addition to growing and foraging natural dyes, she practices off-road knitting, creates conceptual nature-based garments, and occasionally spins and weaves. She teaches throughout the Midwest and Appalachia and loves to work with beginners and intermediate students with humor while sparking their curiosity for folk culture.

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