Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes

Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes

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by Rebecca Burgess
     
 

Selection of the Crafters’ Choice Book Club

Beautiful natural dyes from plants found in the wild or grown in your own backyard.

As more and more crafters are discovering, dyeing your own fabric can yield gorgeous colors. Now master dyer Rebecca Burgess identifies 36 plants that will yield beautiful natural shades and shows how easy it is to make

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Selection of the Crafters’ Choice Book Club

Beautiful natural dyes from plants found in the wild or grown in your own backyard.

As more and more crafters are discovering, dyeing your own fabric can yield gorgeous colors. Now master dyer Rebecca Burgess identifies 36 plants that will yield beautiful natural shades and shows how easy it is to make the dyes. Pokeweed creates a vibrant magenta, while a range of soft lavender shades is created from elderberries; indigo yields a bright blue, and coyote brush creates stunning sunny yellows.

Gathering Color explains where to find these plants in the wild (and for those that can be grown in your backyard, how to nurture them) and the best time and way to harvest them; maps show the range of each plant in the United States and Canada. For the dyeing itself, Burgess describes the simple equipment needed and provides a master dye recipe. The book is organized seasonally; as an added bonus, each section contains a knitting project using wools colored with dyes from plants harvested during that time of the year. With breathtaking color photographs by Paige Green throughout, Gathering Color is an essential guide to this growing field, for crafters and DIYers; for ecologists and botanists; and for artists, textile designers, and art students.

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After discussing the importance of connecting with nature through creative work, teacher and artisan Burgess describes the various steps of the dyeing process, from selection and preparation of fiber to necessary tools and supplies. The heart of the book is the collection of recipes featuring a variety of plants, many of which grow wild in the United States. Each includes information on where the plant can be found as well as a full-color photograph of the plant and dyed fiber. The recipes are surprisingly accessible, even to beginners, and Burgess includes ample information on minimizing the environmental impact of the few potentially harmful chemicals used in natural dyeing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781579654252
Publisher:
Artisan
Publication date:
05/02/2011
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
576,791
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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