Synopses & Reviews
Crafters who value working with environmentally friendly materials will appreciate the expert guidance in this clear guide to growing and using plants to make exquisite dyes in a broad range of colors. Demystifying the process, the book answers all the questions asked about using natural dyes, helping readers to avoid commonly encountered pitfalls. More than sixty plants that can be grown widely are discussed, with complete information on how to cultivate and work with them in extracting dyes. Clear and simple explanations of techniques are accompanied by helpful, step-by-step photographs. A practical ring-bound format features a separate section of color swatches cross-referenced to the best dye plants to achieve each hue.
- A visually inspiring, complete guide to the craft of using natural, environmentally-friendly dyes
- Contains clear and simple explanations of all the techniques
- Features more than 60 plants that can be grown widely, which will create a broad range of colors
- Expert author and consultant well-known in the field
- International directory of suppliers
- Practical ring-binding with separate color swatch section that directs the reader to the best dye plants to achieve each color
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
Karen Diadick Casselman (consultant) has taught natural dyeing across North America, Europe, and Australia. She is the author of several books on natural dyeing, and her dyed textiles are in the McCord Museum of Canadian History and the Smithsonian Institution.