Wild Color: The Complete Guide to Making and Using Natural Dyes

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This practical and inspiring book is a celebration of the colors that can be obtained from over 65 species of plants - from the common marigolds and rhubarb to the classic dye plants such as madder and indigo. Stunning photography and expert advice make Wild Color the essential guide to growing and using plants to make natural dyes. Whether you are an experimental crafts-person, a beginning or experienced dyer, or a gardener interested in new uses for traditional plants, this is the essential natural dye ...
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Overview

This practical and inspiring book is a celebration of the colors that can be obtained from over 65 species of plants - from the common marigolds and rhubarb to the classic dye plants such as madder and indigo. Stunning photography and expert advice make Wild Color the essential guide to growing and using plants to make natural dyes. Whether you are an experimental crafts-person, a beginning or experienced dyer, or a gardener interested in new uses for traditional plants, this is the essential natural dye sourcebook for you.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823057276
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Dyeing Techniques
Experimenting with color 24
Equipment for dyeing 26
Testing the pH value of water 28
Choosing items to dye 29
Animal and vegetable fibers 30
Absorption of dye colors 32
Preparing fibers for the dye bath 34
Fixing the dye colors to fibers 36
Mordanting animal fibers 38
Mordanting vegetable fibers 40
Making your own mordants 42
Combined mordanting and dyeing 43
Choosing a suitable mordant 44
Preparing plant parts for dyeing 46
Selecting the best dyeing method 49
Cool dyeing method 50
Hot dyeing method 51
All-in-one method 52
Dyeing with safflower 53
Dyeing with indigo 54
Dyeing with woad 56
Modifying dye colors 58
Testing color modifiers 60
25 colors from one dye bath 62
Testing the fastness of dye colors 64
Recording natural dyeing results 65
The Dye Plants
Bibliography 140
Index 141
Acknowledgments 144
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2000

    A great book!

    This is an informative, easy to follow book with LOTS of information, clear presentations and many unique ideas.

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