Basic Blues: Five Vats Five Ways Intro to Indigo Dyeing


$79 with Lifetime Access!!!  

~~Limited Spaces Available ~~ 

Please read all the information prior to purchasing as no refunds can be given.

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Registration Closes March 24th!

Ground Indigo

$79 with Lifetime Access!!! 

Classroom access is available upon payment! 

~~Limited Spaces Available ~~ 

Once you have registered, and have paid for the course,  you will receive an email confirmation with class information typically within 24 hours.

Welcome to Basic Blues Introduction to Indigo Class.  

In this class we will create Five Different Indigo Vats Five Different Ways!!!


In this Five Week Online Class you will explore the five different types of indigo vats, and the chemistry (science) behind each vat!

  • Instant Indigo (pre-reduced)
  • Synthetic Indigo
  • Fructose Reduction Vat
  • Bran/Madder Reduction Vat
  • Traditional Chemical Reduction Vat

Week One: Pre-reduced Indigo otherwise known as Instant Indigo.

Week Two: Chemical Reduction Vat, otherwise known as the traditional vat.

Week Three: Synthetic Indigo.

Week Four: Fructose Reduction Vat.

Week Five: Madder Root Fermentation Reduction Vat.

As part of this class you will also receive a Special Rust and Indigo Dyeing BONUS lesson!  

Key skills taught in this class are:

  • Creating the vats
  • Keeping the vats going
  • Troubleshooting the vat
  • Reviving an older vat
  • Heat sources, and alternative heat sources
  • How to obtain a stable blue color on cotton and silk fabric
  • How to care for your indigo dyed fabrics

Chopped Madder Root

Once you purchase the class you will have lifetime access to the class materials (downloadable PDFs), videos (also downloadable), Facebook Group, and Me!!!

Bran for the Madder/Bran Fermentation Vat

 $79 with Lifetime Access!!! 

Classroom access is available upon payment! 

~~Limited Spaces Available ~~

Once you registered and  have paid for the course,  you will receive an email confirmation with class information typically within 24 hours.

Chunks of Indigo which will be ground into a fine powder prior to creating an indigo vat.

Indigo - Fructose Vat

REQUIRED Safety Equipment

  • high quality dust mask and/or a respirator
  • protective clothing such as an apron or smock
  • nitrile or latex gloves

REQUIRED Equipment

  • Heat source
  • pH Papers or pH monitor 
  • Stainless Steel Stock Pot or Enamel Stock Pot 5 quarts or larger
  • 4 two gallon plastic buckets
  • 1-2 five gallon plastic buckets or a tub suitable for rinsing large pieces of fabric
  • tongs
  • stainless steel spoon (the kind used for cooking)
  • measuring spoons
  • measuring cups
  • ~*~ OPTIONAL electronic scale for measuring out exact amounts of dyes, etc.

Supplies List - Required

2-3 yards of white PFD (prepared for dyeing) cotton and/or silk fabric


1 pound of natural fibers such as wool roving, silk fibers, cotton fibers, etc. 


1 pound of natural fiber yarns, of your choice. See fiber content suggestions above.

  • 4 to 8 ounces Pre-reduced/Instant indigo
  • 4 to 8 ounces Powdered Indigo - this is ground indigo from chunk form.
  • 2 to 4 ounces Synthetic Indigo which can be purchased at Pro Chem
  • Water
  • 32 ounces Fructose Syrup OR 4 ounces Fructose Crystals
  • 2 ounces Bran
  • 2 ounces Madder Roots finely chopped OR Madder Root Powder which are finely ground roots (BUT NOT Madder Root Extract)
  • 8 ounces Soda Ash
  • 8 ounces Thiox
  • 2 to 4 ounces Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
  • 2 to 4 ounces Pickling Lime (Calcium Hydroxide)
  • 2 to 4 ounces Hide Glue
  • 1 quart Clear Household Ammonia for synthetic indigo vat
  • 2 to 4 ounces Metaphos for synthetic indigo vat
  • Salt (Sodium Chloride) for synthetic indigo vat

 Purchase BOTH Basic Blues and Indigo Blues together, click here for a 20% savings.


  • This online class costs $79
  • Class will be held on a private website that only registered students are able to access.
  • There is a support group for this class on Facebook
  • All information for the class is all posted at once and ready for access and work at your own pace.
  • Basic computer skills are needed (be able to login, access a blog, etc), you are responsible for knowing  how to use your personal device to access the internet.
  • Class can be accessed from most digital devices with recent updates.
  • THIS CLASS INCLUDES VIDEO LESSONS THAT ARE DOWNLOADABLE! If your service is “iffy” then I highly recommend downloading the videos onto your device, doing so will eliminate buffering issues.
  • I have provided LOTS of step by step visuals in the form of photos, and when needed diagrams.
  • A high speed connection if definitely recommended, again if you do not have high speed internet then please download the videos to your device.
  • Feel free to register at anytime.
  • No refunds, period.

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