The Craft of Natural Dyeing

The Craft of Natural Dyeing


By (author) Jenny Dean


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  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 64 pages
  • Dimensions: 194mm x 256mm x 8mm | 260g
  • Publication date: 1 June 1995
  • Publication City/Country: Tunbridge Wells
  • ISBN 10: 0855327448
  • ISBN 13: 9780855327446
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: colour photographs
  • Sales rank: 56,591

Product description

Natural dyeing is an ancient craft which was practised by most early civilizations. With increased awareness of environmental issues, this guide to natural dyeing will not only provide the craftsperson with an alternative to synthetic dyes, but is designed to encourage a resurgence of this traditional skill. The book contains instructions on: how to plan and grow your own dye garden; how to prepare plants and transform them into dye colours; how to colour yarns; how to space-dye yarns for multi-coloured effects; and how to pattern cloth by printing or painting with dyes, and using batik techniques. The book should be a useful source of information for craft dyers, textile students and anyone seeking a successful alternative to synthetic dyes. It should also be of interest to textile restorers and conservationists, and instrument and furniture makers and restorers.

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Author information

Jenny Dean is a linguist, lecturer, and experimental dyer who has a business supplying natural dyes and runs workshops on natural dyeing.

Back cover copy

Expert dyer Jenny Dean shows you how to dye at home, using simple equipment. There is helpful advice on the mordanting process that will fix the colours, and guidance on light-fastness, plus instructions on how to use traditional dyestuffs such as woad, indigo, weld and madder.