Dye Plants and Dyeing

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All who work with fibre crafts, as well as botanists, whether amateur or professional, will welcome this clear account of a wide range of plants from which natural dyes can be obtained. John and Margaret Cannon, both professional botanists, have selected forty-eight plants from different parts of the world and describe the structure and cultivation of each, its history as a dye source and the best method for its use based on their own experiments.
Most well-known dye plants are included, among them elderberry, henna, indigo, madder and saffron, and each plant is beautifully illustrated by Gretel Dalby-Quenet, a skilled botanical artist, in a full-page painting that also shows the colours the plant can yield. A general chapter on dyestuffs and mordants, a short section of notes for teachers, a checklist of scientific plant names and a glossary help to make this a particularly practical and valuable book both for experimental craft workers and teachers, and for beginners in dyeing, spinning and weaving.

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About the author (1994)

John Cannon was Keeper of Botany at the Natural History Museum, London, until his retirement in 1990.

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