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, 2010 - Architecture - 171 pages
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Buttery yellow from garden weeds or gorgeous garnet-red dye from flowers -- achieving stunning colors for your fabric, yarn, and other natural materials is almost as easy as boiling water, with ingredients as close as your spice cabinet and as plentiful as fallen leaves on an autumn day.
 
Through step-by-step instructions and color-saturated photographs, textile designer Sasha Duerr explains the basics of making and using natural plant dye, from gathering materials and making the dyes to simple ideas for how to use them.

Have a picnic on a sunny turmeric-yellow tablecloth, give a baby some adorable acorn-dipped booties, craft a set of stunning black-walnut pillows, or treat yourself to a little black(berry) dress. Experimenting with color has never been more tempting to try.
 
Gentle, sustainable, garden-to-garment practices will inspire knitters, sewers, and fabric lovers of all stripes to transform fiber, textiles, and even pre-loved clothes into works of art -- and to have a lot of fun in the process.
 

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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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