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Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes


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Selection of the Crafters' Choice Book ClubBeautiful natural dyes from plants found in the wild or grown in your own backyard.

As more and more crafters are discovering, dyeing your own fabric can yield gorgeous colors. Now master dyer Rebecca Burgess identifies 36 plants that will yield beautiful natural shades and shows how easy it is to make the dyes. Pokeweed creates a vibrant magenta, while a range of soft lavender shades is created from elderberries; indigo yields a bright blue, and coyote brush creates stunning sunny yellows.

Gathering Color explains where to find these plants in the wild (and for those that can be grown in your backyard, how to nurture them) and the best time and way to harvest them; maps show the range of each plant in the United States and Canada. For the dyeing itself, Burgess describes the simple equipment needed and provides a master dye recipe. The book is organized seasonally; as an added bonus, each section contains a knitting project using wools colored with dyes from plants harvested during that time of the year. With breathtaking color photographs by Paige Green throughout, Gathering Color is an essential guide to this growing field, for crafters and DIYers; for ecologists and botanists; and for artists, textile designers, and art students.

About the Author

Rebecca Burgess is a teacher and natural dye artisan who has worked for more than ten years creating recipes from local flora. She teaches natural dye workshops throughout the country, to crafters, ecologists, and art students, as well as to apparel giants like Levi Strauss. Rebecca is also the founder of EcologicalArts, an organization dedicated to creating, revitalizing, and teaching functional art forms that utilize natural raw materials. She lives in San Geronimo, California.

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Elizabeth Grimsrud, September 12, 2011 (view all comments by Elizabeth Grimsrud)
There have been quite a few books out lately about natural dyeing. What sets this book apart from many of the others is the author's dedication to using wild plants for her dyestuffs. She even has a chapter about using invasive plants for dyes! In putting together her book, Burgess spent time with three experienced "elder" dyers, whom she cites throughout the book. A great example of knowledge being passed down through the generations. This is a beautifully photographed book with plenty of useful information for both beginning and experienced dyers.
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A Comprehensive Guide to Dyeing Silk, Wool, Linen, and Cotton at Home
Burgess, Rebecca
Vejar, Kristine
STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book
Crafts-Dyeing and Surface Design
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200 color photographs
8 x 10 in

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