A Weaver's Garden

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."

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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 137.16 x 208.28 x 15.24mm | 249.47g
  • Dover Publications Inc.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0486407128
  • 9780486407128
  • 76,307

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

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