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
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0486407128
  • 9780486407128
  • 75,181

Table of contents

1 Plant Fibers for Spinning and Stuffing
    The History and Uses of Plant Fibers
    The Occurrence and Properties of Plant Fibers
    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
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
  Public Gardens to Visit
  Suppliers of Herbal Products
  Suppliers of Seeds and Plants
  "Suppliers of Fiber, Yarn, and Dyeing Supplies"
Pronunciation Guide
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