The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes: Personalize Your Craft with Organic Colors from Acorns, Blackberries, Coffee, and Other Everyday Ingredients

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

One Spirit
"All the inspiration you need to create vibrant hues with nontoxic dyes."
Booklist
"This attractive, user-friendly guide will delight many a do-it-yourselfer."
Curbly.com
“For anyone interested in exploring natural dyes, The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes is a must-have.”
Social Alterations
“An absolute must have for fashion and textile artists, designers, students and educators.”
Oklahoman
An expertly written and beautifully photographed book.
— Anne McCollam
American Reference Books Annual
"This book is ideal for those who love the artful side of both gardening and crafting."
— Shannon Graff Hysell
Library Journal
Textile artist Duerr was first drawn to natural, plant-based dyeing techniques when the synthetic paints and pigments she used in her college painting program made her ill. She takes a cooking-style approach to dyeing, and the recipes and techniques presented here have a back-to-nature feel. A number of the dyes can be made with simple household materials, such as onion skins, coffee grounds, and red cabbage, while others require foraging for wild plants or growing dyestuffs. Duerr's approach is more conversational than encyclopedic, but the index will help dyers find quickly the information they need.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604690712
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/19/2011
  • Pages: 172
  • Sales rank: 248,571
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Sasha Duerr is an artist and designer who works with organic dyes and fibers, focusing on the creative reuse of materials. She is dedicated to a cross-pollination of textiles and environmental systems thinking, gaining inspiration from the ecological principles found in permaculture, as well as from regenerative design for food, clothing, and shelter. In 2007, Sasha founded Permacouture Institute to encourage sustainable design and education from the ground up in fashion and textiles. Through Permacouture, Sasha has addressed audiences on natural dyes and sustainable textiles at colleges and universities across the country, and she consults on sustainable fashion for the fashion and textile industries. Sasha has received multiple grants to teach natural dyeing at the Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley, California, and has taught courses on Slow Textiles at artist workshops, colleges, and community and school garden programs. She serves on the panel of experts for the Nordic Initiative for Clean and Ethical.

Sasha’s textile art and design has been shown in galleries and museums in the United States and abroad. Her work has been featured in such publications as San Francisco, Selvedge, Fast Company, and Eco Salon. Her bioregional knitwear collection with Casey Larkin is Adie + George. She teaches at the California College of the Arts, where she earned an MFA in textiles. She offers courses that focus on the convergence of ecoliteracy and social practice in textile art and design.

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