Natural Dyeingby Jackie Crook, Geraldine Christy (With)
For thousands of years, natural dyes have been celebrated for their subtlety and diversity—and, thanks to contemporary concerns about chemicals and toxins, their popularity is surging again. Fortunately, as this vibrant guide so elegantly shows, the craft is both easy and enjoyable to explore and requires no special equipment: just ordinary pots and pans. A thoroughly illustrated tutorial covers all the basics of hot and cool dyeing, and 30 colorful options to try, including roots and plants (madder, tumeric, henna), wood (cutch, fustic), flowers (safflower, dandelion, daffodil), leaves and stalks (tea, rhubarb, indigo), and fruits and vegetables (blackberry, wild cherry, avocado). From pale pinks and vibrant oranges to earthy browns and rich blues, a vast spectrum of hues awaits.
- Sterling Publishing
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- 8.90(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.50(d)
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Natural Dyeing is a good, short Well-illustrated reference for reenactors and others who need a guide as to what kinds of plants produce particular colors on various fabrics. If you need in-depth historical background on dyes and dyeing techniques, however, go elsewhere.