A Naturally Dyed Ribbons Workshop with Chrysteen Borja | The Crafter's Box

CHRYSTEEN BORJA
NATURALLY DYED RIBBON

Welcome to an introduction to naturally dyed ribbon with artist Chrysteen Borja of @WaverlyKnots. This workshop dives into a variety of specialty and unusual dyes, as well as unique substrates for dyeing with Chrysteen's expert guidance.

We're feeling so very inspired by Chrysteen's technique and the many ways to explore and decorate this holiday season. We’re customizing gorgeous ribbons for your garland, door wreath, Christmas tree, mantel, dining table as a runner, wrapped gifts... the possibilities are endless.

The four natural dyes featured in this workshop include logwood, wattle, cochineal (extract from a tiny bug found in the Southwest), and Himalayan rhubarb. You’ll find skeins of recycled silk sari and silk chiffon, along with pieces of our favorite linen blend and a cotton velvet. The combination of textile variations and dyes included creates a stunning range of colors from soft pastels to moody mauves. Explore deep purples, soft yellows, vibrant pinks and neutral tones.

For this workshop, we erred on the side of exploration and included lots of dye opportunities and variations in the form of extra dyes. Wanting to wrap all of your gifts this season? Add extra fabric to your workshop kit this month through our add-on his to ensure you have plenty of yardage. If you follow the directions within this workshop kit, you’ll end up with roughly 9 feet of 2 1\2 inch thick ribbon of each of our included fabric options (9 ft of velveteen, 9 feet of linen, 9 feet of sari, & 9 feet of chiffon).

We are so excited to have you join us with this project as we dive into creating beautiful textiles with Chrysteen. We would love for you to share your final product with us by tagging your photos with #thecraftersbox. Happy making.

This workshop includes: 

  • An in-depth, digital workshop by Chrysteen Borja
  • A live Maker Chat Q&A for our community to join in creative conversation
  • Tools and materials from artisan supplies, curated for you, by Chrysteen

The tools & materials included in this kit:

Natural Dye Powders:

  • Logwood (purple)
  • Wattle (mauve)
  • Cochineal (pink)
  • Himalayan rhubarb (yellow)

Featured Textiles:

  • 20g sari silk ribbon
  • 20g chiffon silk ribbon
  • 40g 100% linen fabric
  • 40g cotton velvet

Mordants & Fixatives:

  • Aluminum sulfate
  • Soda ash
  • Aluminum acetate
  • Calcium carbonate
A Naturally Dyed Ribbons Workshop with Chrysteen Borja | The Crafter's Box

Additional Tools:

  • Cotton rope to tie skeins
  • Thermometer
  • Metal tongs
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Whisk
  • Dust mask
  • Pair of gloves
  • Needle
  • Thread
A Naturally Dyed Ribbons Workshop with Chrysteen Borja | The Crafter's Box
A Naturally Dyed Ribbons Workshop with Chrysteen Borja | The Crafter's Box
A Naturally Dyed Ribbons Workshop with Chrysteen Borja | The Crafter's Box
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Our December Add-Ons

We're offering multiple add-ons to complement Chrysteen's workshop this month. Scoop up extra materials to keep the making going!

A Naturally Dyed Ribbons Workshop with Chrysteen Borja | The Crafter's Box
A Naturally Dyed Ribbons Workshop with Chrysteen Borja | The Crafter's Box

Extra Dyes & Mordants

The amount of dyes & mordants included in the original kit is enough to make the fabric included in the workshop + one additional bundle of fabric. If purchasing more than one extra fabric bundle, this listing allows for even more natural dyes to keep making. Wanting to wrap all of your gifts this season? Add extra dyes and mordants to your workshop kit this month to ensure you have plenty to continue making.

 Extra Skeins of Fabric

This listing will DOUBLE your supply of textiles so that your workshop kit will arrive with enough to dye a total of 18  feet for each fabric. Wanting to wrap all of your gifts this season? Add extra skeins of fabric to your workshop kit this month to ensure you have plenty to continue making.

Our add-ons ship free in full workshop kits if purchased before November 31st. 

More About Our Artist: Chryteen Borja

A Naturally Dyed Ribbons Workshop with Chrysteen Borja | The Crafter's Box

Chrysteen Borja is the maker and owner behind @waverlyknots, a small business she leads in Seattle, WA where she lives with her husband, 3-year-old son and a soon-to-join-their-family baby girl! Chrysteen began her exploration of natural dyeing four years ago as an extension to her macrame and weaving work. The rich colors and beautiful gradients she was able to achieve out of minerals, plants and even insect-based natural dyes lead her to dive deeper into the art. With a heart for all things fiber and textile, Chrysteen has built a thriving creative business surrounding her finished work and her continuing exploration. We are so excited to collaborate with Chrysteen to bring you a closer look at the alchemy that is naturally dyed ribbon in our upcoming workshop.

A Naturally Dyed Ribbons Workshop with Chrysteen Borja | The Crafter's Box
A Naturally Dyed Ribbons Workshop with Chrysteen Borja | The Crafter's Box