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

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


By (author) Rita Buchanan

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  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 15mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 28 March 2003
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0486407128
  • ISBN 13: 9780486407128
  • Sales rank: 88,430

Product description

Valuable hints from a veteran botanist and weaver on dyeing fibers and fabrics, what soap plants to use for cleaning textiles, advice on fragrant plants to scent and protect fabrics, plant materials to use as tools, suggestions for planning and creating a garden featuring cotton, flax, indigo, and much more. Includes an abundance of illustrations.

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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