Indigo Dyeing with Megan

After the release of The Modern Natural Dyer by Kristine Vejar, we have been diving into natural dyeing projects with both local foraged materials and indigo.

Her book is an informative how-to guide that covers all the basics of dyeing through a series of 20 beautiful projects. Paired with Kristine’s kits, you can create smaller projects from a hand knit chunky hat to indigo dyed bandanas. Larger projects covered in her book include a beautiful resist-dyed linen dress and a clamp-dyed quilt.IMG_7238nido’s resident dyer, Megan, picked up a Waves Bandana Indigo Dye Kit to give indigo dyeing a try. She loved working with indigo for the first time and has given us a full review of her process. Thanks, Megan!

First, Megan reviewed and weighed out all her ingredients to create the “mother,” a highly concentrated indigo solution. If you have a kitchen or postal scale, now is the time to dust it off.IMG_7062Tip: Megan suggests reviewing all kit components, as there are multiple amounts of the same materials used for different steps of the dyeing process. For instance, there are packets of sodium hydrosulphite that are used for both adjusting the pH of the vat and also for creating the mother.

To note: any dyeing pots or supplies should ONLY be used for dyeing. Lye is an integral part of dyeing with indigo, but is also very potent and dangerous.  Do dyeing outside if possible. Protective dust mask , eye protection, and gloves are recommended. Megan used her own elbow-length gloves she purchased at a local grocery store instead of the included wrist-length gloves in the kit, to keep herself squeaky clean.

IMG_7068Next, came the Scouring, or prewashing. This step helps achieve and retain desired saturated colors by removing oils present in the yarn, for example lanolin in wool. This is done with heat and a mild dish washing detergent with a neutral pH for protein-based goods or soda ash for plant-based goods.

Now, time to make the vat. The bandana kit includes materials to make your very own indigo vat. Megan used water to dilute the mother in a separate vessel and then adjusted the PH.IMG_7084The moment you have been waiting for, time to dye that bandana! Megan used resist-dye and dip-dye techniques to create two beautiful bandanas. She recommends using all those fun tie-dye techniques here! Indigo penetrates the fabric well, so tie that thread tight to achieve those bright white contrast designs. IMG_7077IMG_7105Megan had plenty of dye remaining after her 2 bandanas that she also dyed 300g of yarn! We love how her Quince & Co. Chickadee Bare yarn and reclaimed yarns turned out. After a great day of dyeing, Megan kept the mother, which will last up to two more months, and looks forward to more dyeing adventures.  IMG_7220With plenty of dye remaining for projects beyond the bandana, there are a few materials Megan suggests picking up to continue the dyeing fun. PH strips, sodium hydroxide (lemon juice would be a good sub) or soda ash are all necessary ingredients for more projects, but are very easy to source.

Thanks Megan for the great tips and for sharing your dyed creations!

A Verb for Keeping Warm natural dyeing kits and The Modern Natural Dyer book are in the shop, ready for  your dyeing adventures!

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July Trunk Show: Seasonless

nido’s second trunk show to arrive this month is Seasonless with designs by Jane Richmond & Shannon Cook.

IMG_9429_web_medium2IMG_9290_web_medium2IMG_9465_web_medium2Seasonless is a shop favorite! We have made all 3 designs from the booklet: the Palladio Pullover and the Schwimmen hat out of Tosh DK and the Laylow Shawl out of Tosh Merino Light. You can find both Madelinetosh yarns are in the shop!

Shhhhh…nido may be getting in a really HUGE Tosh Merino Light shipment in just 1 week. Brace yourself, Madelinetosh fans!

Come down to the shop and enjoy these great patterns + new Tosh colors!

*photos courtesy of Jane Richmond & Shannon Cook

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Summer Sewing!

Next summer sewing project ✔️✔️

willow tankGrainline Studio’s new pattern, the Willow Tank Dress, is in the shop and at the top of our list for summer sewing. Going to be living in this one this summer!

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Happy Fourth of July!

nido will be closed Monday, July 4th. Stop by today 12-4 or when we reopen Tuesday with regular business hours. Hope you are all enjoying your weekend!


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July Trunk Show: Quince & Co. Piper 2016

July is the month of trunk shows at nido!

quince-co-may-bristol-ivy-knitting-pattern-piper-5sq_1024x1024nido is hosting TWO trunk shows this month: Quince & Co. Piper 2016 and Never Not Knitting’s Seasonless Trunk Show.

quince-co-march-pam-allen-knitting-pattern-piper-5sq_1024x1024quince-co-april-isabell-kraemer-knitting-pattern-piper-4sq_1024x1024quince-co-june-cecily-glowik-macdonald-knitting-pattern-piper-1sq_1024x1024The first July trunk show to arrive is the Quince & Co. 2016 Piper Collection. This lace weight blend of Superfine Texas Merino and Super Kid Texas Mohair is a beauty to work with and even better to wear.

Now thru July 20th come try on these super soft pieces!

*photos courtesy of Quince & Co.

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Friday Fun with Carolyn Friedlander!

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nido fabric and yarn welcomes Carolyn Friedlander, modern quilter and fabric designer, specializing in hand appliqué and modern machine quilting, for an evening of fun before her sewing workshops with nido. Carolyn will share her process and experience as a designer, as well as a trunk show of her handmade goods. Come enjoy light refreshments at this FREE event.

Please RSVP here.

See you there!

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Limited space available in Carolyn’s upcoming workshops at nido.

Call the shop to sign-up.

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Welcome, Vermont Quilt Festival!

nido_VermontQuiltFestival_R1Welcome, quilters! The Vermont Quilt Festival is this weekend, JUNE 24 thru 26 at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction, Vermont. VQF is celebrating its 40th year with exhibits and classes all weekend long including fabric dyeing, machine quilting, appliqué, and a pretty stunning quilt exhibit from Gwen Marston.

nido will be hosting some great events and sales this weekend in honor of VQF. Visit nido this Thursday through Sunday and enjoy June Shen Epstein’s Modern Quilt Interpretations display, showcasing her whimsical and colorful modern quilts.

Opening reception will be held at nido on Friday June 24th from 5:00 – 7:00pm. Enjoy light refreshments, drinks and special event giveaways!

All of nido’s regularly priced quilting cottons are available at only $8.25 for whole yard cuts and all Sale quilting cottons are available at only $7.00 for whole yard cuts.

VQF goers can take advantage of nido’s great fabric sale in both our brick and mortar and online shops. We look forward to seeing you this weekend!

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Hello, Summer and the Quince & Co. Kestrel 2016 Trunk Show!

The Quince & Co. Kestrel 2016 linen trunk show is on display at nido for the next two weeks! quince-co-tamsin-dawn-catanzaro-knitting-pattern-kestrel-1sq_1024x1024quince-co-jessamin-melissa-labarre-knitting-pattern-kestrel-2sq_1024x1024quince-co-bridie-bristol-ivy-knitting-pattern-kestrel-3sq_1024x1024quince-co-adelaide-cecily-glowik-macdonald-knitting-pattern-kestrel-5sq_1024x1024Come try on all 4 of the new Kestrel designs: Tamsin, Jessamin, Bridie, and Adelaide, all perfect for knitting and wearing in warmer months. These pieces have the most incredible drape and texture, thanks to Quince & Co.’s organic linen, spun with a ribbon-like structure. These quick knits will have you ready for summer picnics, days at the lake, and endless moments of sunshine!

*photos courtesy of Quince & Co.

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Modern Quilt Interpretations

nido is excited to announce that we will be hosting June Shen-Epstein of Junie Baby Designs for a quilt show.
Math Class - 33" x 42"
JuneArtistPhotoFeather Study 1 - 28" x 29"
June, nido’s very own sewing maven and teacher extraordinaire, will be displaying her modern quilts at the shop from Friday June 24th – Sunday June 26th. With her whimsical and colorful aesthetic, June’s quilts are pleasing to the eye and hand AND are not to be missed!

Giveaways for opening receptionOpening reception will be held at nido on Friday June 24th from 5:00 – 7:00pm. Enjoy light refreshments, drinks and special event giveaways!

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June Trunk Show: Madder Anthology I

DSC_4219_medium2nido welcomes the Madder Anthology 1: Camilla, Sibella, Imogen & Beatrice to the shop for the month of June.

A few of our favorites:

DSC_4367_medium2Beatrice Cardigan in Quince & Co. Lark

DSC_4599_medium2Camilla Babe in Quince & Co. Lark + Camilla Blanket in Quince & Co. Osprey

DSC_9651_medium2Sibella Cowl in Quince & Co. Tern

Come try on these lovely pieces and find your favorite!

*photos courtesy of Carrie Bostick Hoge.

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