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A Weaver's Garden: Growing Plants for Natural Dyes and Fibers

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Long before the invention of pottery, men and women wove baskets from plant fibers. Today, craftworkers creating textiles and other products make use of many of these same resources and methods. Thoroughly researched and charmingly written, this practical guide by a veteran botanist and horticulturist provides weavers and gardeners alike with a wealth of information on growing plants for use in weaving and dyeing projects.

Beginning with the history and uses of plant fibers, A Weaver's Garden then offers valuable hints on dyeing fibers and fabrics and how to use soap plants for cleaning textiles. Readers will also find expert advice on fragrant plants for scenting and protecting textiles, what plant materials to use as tools, how to plan and create a garden containing cotton, flax, indigo, madder, fuller's teasel, woad, and many other useful plants; and much more. A glossary, pronunciation guide, and an abundance of illustrations complete this informative and inspiring volume.

 

Synopsis:

Valuable hints on dyeing fibers and fabrics, soap plants to use for cleaning textiles, fragrant plants to scent and protect fabrics; planning and creating a garden featuring cotton, flax, indigo, and much more.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1 Plant Fibers for Spinning and Stuffing

    The History and Uses of Plant Fibers

    The Occurrence and Properties of Plant Fibers

    Cotton

    Flax

    Fiber Plants to Know and Grow

2 Dyes from Plants

    A Brief History of Natural Dyeing

    Plants as Sources of Pigments

    Using Plants to Dye Fibers and Fabrics

    Dye Plants to Know and Grow

    Indigo

3 Soap Plants for Cleaning Textiles

    Cleaning without Soap

    About Soap

    Surfactants as Cleaning Agents

    Washing Different Fibers and Fabrics

    Soap Plants to Know and Grow

4 Fragrant Plants to Scent and Protect Textiles

    Traditional Sachets

    Textile Pest Repellents

    Harvesting and Drying Fragrant Plants

    Fragrant and Insecticidal Plants to Know and Grow

5 Plant Materials Used to Make Textile Tools

    Spindles and Other Spinning Tools

    Reeds and Other Weaving Tools

    Teasels for Finishing Woolens

    Plants to Know and Grow for Use as Tools

6 Creating a Garden

    Planning and Preparation

    Getting and Growing Plants

Resources

  Public Gardens to Visit

  Suppliers of Herbal Products

  Suppliers of Seeds and Plants

  "Suppliers of Fiber, Yarn, and Dyeing Supplies"

Glossary

Pronunciation Guide

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486136394
Subtitle:
Growing Plants for Natural Dyes and Fibers
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Author:
Buchanan, Rita
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Subject:
Hand weaving
Subject:
natural dyes
Subject:
plants for dyes
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
19990513
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.38 in 0.59 lb

Related Subjects

Hobbies, Crafts, and Leisure » Crafts » Dyeing and Surface Design
Hobbies, Crafts, and Leisure » Crafts » General
Hobbies, Crafts, and Leisure » Crafts » Weaving and Spinning
Science and Mathematics » Botany » General
Science and Mathematics » Materials Science » Textiles
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » General

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Valuable hints on dyeing fibers and fabrics, soap plants to use for cleaning textiles, fragrant plants to scent and protect fabrics; planning and creating a garden featuring cotton, flax, indigo, and much more.
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