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

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

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by Sasha Duerr
     
 

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

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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 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
"This attractive, user-friendly guide will delight many a do-it-yourselfer."
Social Alterations
“For anyone interested in exploring natural dyes, The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes is a must-have.”
Oklahoman
“An absolute must have for fashion and textile artists, designers, students and educators.”
American Reference Books Annual
An expertly written and beautifully photographed book.
Oklahoman - Anne McCollam
An expertly written and beautifully photographed book.
Booklist - Shannon Graff Hysell
"All the inspiration you need to create vibrant hues with nontoxic dyes."
From the Publisher
"This book is ideal for those who love the artful side of both gardening and crafting."
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604690712
Publisher:
Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/19/2011
Pages:
172
Sales rank:
483,153
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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