The Complete Guide to Making and Using Natural Dyes
For dyers of all types of fibers, from beginner to experienced, or for gardeners interested in new uses for traditional plants, who want to learn successful techniques for dyeing with natural materials. Wild Color, Revised and Updated Edition, documents dyeing techniques for more than 65 plant species, presenting recipes and color swatches for over 250 results. softcover, 144 pages
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Entering the complex world of natural dyeing can seem daunting, but Jenny Dean welcomes her readers to the exploratory process with clear and engaging information in Wild Color. All the equipment you'll need and how to make sure your choice of dyepot doesn't change your color results, how to mordant different types of fiber and choose the safest one to use for the color results you want, and how to safely work with toxic chemicals and plants without worry for your family or the environment. Color modifiers, Ph charts and a cool recipe for achieving 25 different color results from one dyebath! My favorite feature of this book is the copious information on the dye plants themselves, from flowers and leaves to barks and roots, with how to grow and/or harvest for the best color results, how much plant material is needed and the many different colors that can be drawn from the same plant. Last year's dye experiments, guided by this wonderful compendium, yielded great results. I'm already harvesting new plants to add to my dyepot and looking forward to exploring all these wild colors.