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Colours From Nature describes in full detail how to prepare and use natural dyes on a variety of fibres to produce a wide range of colours, following safe and environmentally-friendly methods.
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"Describes, in full detail, how to prepare and use natural dyes on a variety of fibres to produce a wide range of colours, following safe and environmentally-friendly methods."  —Machine Knitting Monthly

"Jenny describes in detail how to prepare and use natural dyes on a variety of fibres to produce a wide range of colours, following safe and environmentally friendly methods."  —Sew Today

Machine Knitting Monthly
Describes, in full detail, how to prepare and use natural dyes on a variety of fibres to produce a wide range of colours, following safe and environmentally-friendly methods.
Library Journal
Expert dyer Dean spares no detail in her handbook for dyeing yarn with natural (predominantly plant-based) dyes. Full instructions (and precautions) are provided, as well as anecdotes from Dean's personal dyeing experience. Some experience with dyeing is assumed. It would be helpful to see samples of yarn dyed with the various dyes rather than flat color swatches, but the directions and guidance almost make up for the lack of examples.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844484683
  • Publisher: Search Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 108
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Jenny Dean is an advocate for natural dyeing and the author of "The Craft of Natural Dyeing."
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Table of Contents

Preface 1

Introduction 3

Equipment and Safety 9

Selecting and Preparing Materials for Dyeing 14

Mordanting: Introduction 18

Using the percentage system for measuring 20

Manufactured chemicals and recipes 21

Making your own metallic mordant solutions 24

Plant mordants and recipes 28

Selecting and Applying Dye Colours: Introduction 31

Quantities 32

Extracting dye colour 34

Applying dye colour 35

General Instructions for Extracting and Applying Dye Colour 36

Making and Using Colour Modifiers 37

Testing for Colour Potential 40

Testing for Light- and Wash-fastness 44

Checklist of Important Reminders 46

Summary of Processes 48

Recipes: Yellow 49

Orange 52

Brown and Tan 55

Red and Pink 59

Purple 66

Blue 70

Green 81

Grey 82

Black 84

Compound Colours 86

Using Natural Dye Extracts 87

Further Plant Sources of Dye Colour 91

Bibliography 93

Acknowledgements 94

Index 95

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