The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes: Personalize Your Craft with Organic Colors from Acorns, Blackberries, Coffee, and Other Everyday Ingredients

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Timber Press, Jan 19, 2011 - Crafts & Hobbies - 172 pages
Artist and designer Sasha Duerr takes the do-it-yourself movement to the next level in her new book, The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes. Duerr demonstrates how to create complex and complimentary colors by using plants grown or resources found in the garden or collected from sidewalks and vacant lots. Simple and sustainable, her methods will work on fabrics, paper, shoes, lamp shades, wood beads, leather, and even hair. This is a book for any gardener, sewer, fabric lover, or do-it-yourselfer interested in adding safe and spectacular colors from everyday ingredients.
 

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This handbook of natural dyes explains the advantages of natural dyes and organic fibers and extols the "make do and mend" philosophy and the "slow textiles" approach. The book contains beautiful ... Read full review

Contents

Dyeing with Plants
11
Plant Dyeing Basics Getting Started
21
Cooking with Color Inspiring Recipes for Nontoxic Color
59
Harvesting Hues Gathering and Growing Your Own Color
81
A Plant Palette Sample Plants and Dye Colors
129
The Joy of Slow Textiles The Simple Pleasures of Making Your World More Colorful
139
Glossary
152
Resources
154
Further Reading
158
Photo Credits
161
Index
162
Acknowledgments
169
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Artist and designer SASHA DUERR works with organic dyes and fibres, focusing on creative reuse of materials. She founded the Permacouture Institute to encourage sustainable design and education in fashion and textiles and consults for the fashion and textile industries. She teaches at the California College of the Arts, where she earned an MFA in textiles, and has shown her work in the U.S. and abroad.

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