Eco Print and Indigo Supply list – 3 day intensive

Kathy Hays may be reached at if there are supply questions.

A ball of twine or heavy cotton string to wrap bundles. This needs to be strong enough that you can’t break it when pulling tightly. Butcher string works very well.

2 rectangular containers to hold your iron water solution. Shoe box size from a Dollar Store work well. Or RubberMaid containers similar to image below. They do not need to be deep, just rectangular.

2-3 Hand towels, old studio towels work well.

Spray bottle to hold vinegar water. 20 ounces is a good size. Actually I prefer the type that is used to mist plants as it makes for even coverage. Alternatively a window cleaner spray bottle also makes an even mist.

3-4 large black plastic lawn bags

Notebook with pen or pencil for note taking

Rubber gloves like for household cleaning for wrapping twine and dipping in indigo

Scissors to cut fabric and paper (two types)

A camera to record your layout and compare with results.

Apron and studio clothing

Large zip lock bags to take home wet fabrics

2-3 heavy weight yard garbage bags - contractor weight. They are the best.

Dry onion skins, red and yellow. Go to grocery store and ‘clean’ their bins. The skins fall in the bins all the time. We need a lot. If everyone could bring at least a large brown paper bag of onion skins this is very helpful. Start collecting now.

***Glass buttons or beads to be attached to bundles for identification*** this is a very important and necessary item! No metal buttons. Many bundles look alike when they come out of processing. This keeps the tears from being shed later on.

Fabric: Purchase from

Please launder all fabrics with neutral ph soap before arriving. Synthrapo, original Blue Dawn, or Joy dishwashing liquid works well.

· Silk Habotai scarves 8 mm 4 -5 scarves of varying length and no wider than 12”. (more than 5 is quite acceptable)

· Raw Silk (Noil) This is the best fabric to make clothing and there is a lot of success with this fabric. 2-3 yards

· Crepe De Chine scarves. 14” x 72” is very nice to wear We will print a scarf at least two - 8mm to 12mm

· Optional Silk Charmeuse scarf. 14” x 72” They are quite luxurious and you may want to try it out.

You may bring other protein fabrics in addition to the ones I have suggested. If you have a small piece of wool it is nice to make a sample with that fabric to see the difference with silk.