The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes
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The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes : Personalize Your Craft with Organic Colors from Acorns, Blackberries, Coffee, and Other Everyday Ingredients

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From dyeing a tablecloth with turmeric to giving a dress new life with wild fennel, discovering the colour possibilities in our homes and gardens has never been easier or more tempting to try. By using simple and satisfying techniques to create vibrant hues, The Handbook of Plant Dyes will inspire enthusiasts and novices alike.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 200.66 x 231.14 x 15.24mm | 544.31g
  • Timber Press
  • Portland, OR, United States
  • English
  • 190 colour photos
  • 1604690712
  • 9781604690712
  • 37,513

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"This attractive, user-friendly guide will delight many a do-it-yourselfer." --Booklist "Ideal for those who love the artful side of both gardening and crafting." --American Reference Books Annual "A true cornucopia of slow fashion goodness and 'soil to studio' guidance." --Eco Salon "Sasha has the background knowledge and experience to make this book one you will refer to repeatedly. Experienced dyers will find what [Duer] has to say informative." --The Hartford Examiner "The only book you would ever need to spend weeks or months or years exploring the latent possibilities of the plants you find in your own environment as sources of rich and wondrous color. What a gift!" --Plant Whatever Brings You Joy "An absolute must have for fashion and textile artists, designers, students and educators." --Social Alterations "For anyone interested in exploring natural dyes, The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes is a must-have." --Curbly.com "An expertly written and beautifully photographed book." --Oklahomanshow more

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Luscious color from fruit, flowers, and leaves Buttery yellow from garden weeds or gorgeous garnet-red dye from flowers--achieving stunning colors for your fabric, yarn, and other natural materials is almost as easy as boiling water, with ingredients as close as your spice cabinet and as plentiful as fallen leaves. Through step-by-step instructions and color-saturated photographs, textile designer Sasha Duerr explains the basics of making and using natural plant dye, from gathering materials and making the dyes to simple ideas for how to use them. Have a picnic on a sunny turmeric-yellow tablecloth, give a baby some adorable acorn-dipped booties, craft a set of stunning black-walnut pillows, or treat yourself to a little black(berry) dress. Experimenting with color has never been more tempting to try. Gentle, sustainable, garden-to-garment practices will inspire knitters, sewers, and fabric lovers of all stripes to transform fiber, textiles, and even pre-loved clothes into works of art--and to have a lot of fun in the process.show more

About Sasha Duerr

Sasha Duerr is an innovative artist and designer who works with organic dyes, alternative fibres and the creative reuse of materials.show more

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