The Complete Guide to Natural Dyeing: Fabric, Yarn, and Fiber

The Complete Guide to Natural Dyeing: Fabric, Yarn, and Fiber

by Eva Lambert
     
 

Exploring natural and foolproof dyeing techniques--to coincide with the high demand for organic and rustic approaches to fiber arts--this colorful guide expertly utilizes the many modern and traditional methods intrinsic to creating beautiful fibers. Demonstrating that the use of natural dyes to create fabric, yarn, or fiber can be simple, eco-friendly, and

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Exploring natural and foolproof dyeing techniques--to coincide with the high demand for organic and rustic approaches to fiber arts--this colorful guide expertly utilizes the many modern and traditional methods intrinsic to creating beautiful fibers. Demonstrating that the use of natural dyes to create fabric, yarn, or fiber can be simple, eco-friendly, and surprisingly affordable, this thoughtful instructional is ideal for quilters looking to give their projects an edge, spinners searching for an eco twist, and knitters on a quest for that perfect color of yarn--all of whom will learn how different natural dyes will affect the colors obtained on various mediums and how to mix dye baths for unique results. Including comprehensive lists for measuring, weighing, and dyeing; step-by-step sequences to simply and concisely explain techniques for collecting and preparing dyestuff; and methods for both solid and semisolid dyeing, this quintessential dyeing manual provides novices and seasoned artists alike with plenty of thoughtful inspiration to get creative the natural way.

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Editorial Reviews

About.com Guide to Knitting
A great source for anyone looking to learn how to use natural materials in their dyeing.
KnittingScholar.com
Filled with straight-forward instructions, great illustrations and oh, so many pretty pictures of colors.
Knitty.com
Practically the natural dyeing class I took in book form ... I would have bought this book just for the juicy photography.
Knit Today

If you ever wanted to dye your own yarns at home, here's the book you've been waiting for! It doesn't just cover the dyeing of yarn but also talks about dyeing fabric and fibres. However, there's a lot of crossover technique-wise, so there's plenty of valuable information for the keen knitter to pick up.

From the Publisher

"If you're new to the world of dyeing and want to get started in an environmentally responsible way, this book provides the ideal springboard." - Inside Crochet

"This is an attractive, easy to use book and would be a good place for a beginner to start learning how to use natural dyes." - Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot

Library Journal
Lambert and Kendall (The Fabric & Yarn Dyer's Handbook) try to accomplish a lot in a brief volume, with somewhat mixed results. The step-by-step directions for using natural dyes on fabrics, yarn, and fiber are good, but the brief descriptions of some of the techniques (batik, for example) barely scratch the surface of what can be done. The collection of recipes, which include combinations of natural dyes and mordants, is a good reference for readers experienced with natural dyes. A focus on either dyeing yarn and fiber or dyeing fabric might have made for a better book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596681811
Publisher:
Interweave Press
Publication date:
03/01/2010
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Eva Lambert is a fiber artist and the owner of the Shilashair shop in the UK. She has also done historical dyeing for the Victoria and Albert Millennium Exhibition. Tracy Kendall has worked in the textiles department of the Royal College of Art for many years. She also designs her own range of innovative wallpapers and works with leading fashion on dyeing projects. She is the author of The Fabric & Yarn Dyer's Handbook.

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