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A Heritage of Colour: Natural Dyes Past and Present

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A Heritage of Colour explores the techniques that can be used to create a wealth of colours from 50 plants, including many that have been in constant use as dyes for over 2000 years. Inspired by the colours on textile fragments from the Iron Age and by the achievements of early dyers, the author describes some of the dyes and methods of the past and considers how they can be adapted for use by todays dyers. The book covers all the basics of natural dyeing and explains in detail how to experiment with local plants, wherever you may live, to produce a wide range of beautiful, rich colours on textile fibres. A Heritage of Colour also includes sections on dyeing with fungi, contact printing on cloth and dyeing multi-coloured fibres and fabrics. The emphasis throughout is on environmentally-friendly methods and on the thrill of personal discovery through practical experience.

About the Author

Jenny Dean has been experimenting and working with natural dyes for nearly 40 years. She lectures and runs courses on natural dyeing and has written widely on the subject. Her books include The Craft of Natural Dyeing, Wild Colour and Colours from Nature.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Inspiration from the Past

Environmental Considerations

The Basics

Equipment

Selecting and Preparing Fibres for Dyeing

Selecting, Harvesting and Preparing Dyes

Mordants

Extracting Dye Colour

Application of Dyes

Colour Modifiers

Testing for Fastness

Other Techniques

Contact Dyeing on Fabric Using Plant Materials

Dyeing with Frozen Flowers

Over-Dyeing and Multi-coloured Skeins and Fabrics

The Dye Plants

Using Lichens for Dyeing

Using Fungi for Dyeing

A Brief Outline of Natural Dyes in Europe from the Iron Age to c1650

Health and Safety Information

Bibliography

Suppliers

Acknowledgements

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781782210368
Author:
Dean, Jenny
Publisher:
Search Press(UK)
Subject:
Dye
Subject:
Crafts-Dyeing and Surface Design
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20140631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.75 in

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