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


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The best resource on natural dyeing is back, updated to make your colorful hobby even more beautiful and rewarding.


A practical and inspiring guide to creating and using natural dyes from plants, Wild Color, Revised and Updated Edition, offers the latest information on current environmentally friendly dyeing techniques and more than 65 species of plants and natural dyestuffs.


This comprehensive book outlines all the necessary equipment, how to select fibers and plant parts, choose the right methods for mordanting and dyeing, test color modifiers and the fastness of dyed colors, and obtain a range of gorgeous colors from every plant, from alter to woad, shown in more than 250 swatches.


Wild Color, Revised and Updated Edition, is the all-in-one resource for fiber enthusiasts, including knitters, sewers, and weavers; gardeners who are interested in new uses for traditional dye plants; and eco-conscious DIYers who want authoritative information about the natural dyeing process and the plants that are essential to it.

About the Author

JENNY DEAN has worked with natural dyes for more than 30 years. She is the author of several books and numerous articles on natural dyeing, and also conducts lectures, workshops, and courses on the subject. A collection of her dyed samples is included in the collection of the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage in Brussels, Belgium.


KAREN DIADICK CASSELMAN has taught dyeing techniques throughout the U.S. and internationally. Her dyed pieces are included in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution and other museums.

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emmer, July 25, 2010 (view all comments by emmer)
now, of course, the new edition is not yet available, so i can't say much about it. but i can speak to the quality of the 1999 edition. that book, now out of print, is by far the most useful book i have read on the subjects of growing and using dye plants. ms dean has managed to make the science accessible to the novice dyer with plain english. the technique pictures clearly show what the words describe. the color pictures showing results of a given dye on different fibers, or use of different mordants and modifiers are very helpful. i am a much better gardener than dyer, and i recognize that her descriptions of many dye plants and her growing instructions are valuable as well.
i have already pre-ordered the new edition.
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Dean, Jenny
Watson-Guptill Publications
Casselman, Karen Diadick
Vejar, Kristine
Crafts-Dyeing and Surface Design
dyeing;natural dyes
dyeing;natural dyes;crafts;natural dyeing;dyes;textiles;dye plants;plants;dye;gardening;fiber
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200 color photographs
9.5 x 8.5 in

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