The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes: Personalize Your Craft with Organic Colors from Acorns, Blackberries, Coffee, and Other Everyday In by Sasha DuerrThe Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes: Personalize Your Craft with Organic Colors from Acorns, Blackberries, Coffee, and Other Everyday In by Sasha Duerr

The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes: Personalize Your Craft with Organic Colors from Acorns…

bySasha Duerr

Paperback | January 19, 2011

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Artist and designer Sasha Duerr takes the do-it-yourself movement to the next level in her new book, The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes. Duerr demonstrates how to create complex and complimentary colors by using plants grown or resources found in the garden or collected from sidewalks and vacant lots. Simple and sustainable, her methods will work on fabrics, paper, shoes, lamp shades, wood beads, leather, and even hair. This is a book for any gardener, sewer, fabric lover, or do-it-yourselfer interested in adding safe and spectacular colors from everyday ingredients.
Sasha Duerr is an artist, designer, and advocate for the slow fashion movement of organic dyes, alternative fibers, and the creative reuse of materials. She is a professor at the California College of the Arts and the founder of the Permacouture Institute to encourage the exploration of fashion and textiles from the ground up. Her work...
Title:The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes: Personalize Your Craft with Organic Colors from Acorns…Format:PaperbackProduct dimensions:172 pages, 9 × 8 × 0.5 inShipping dimensions:9 × 8 × 0.5 inPublished:January 19, 2011Publisher:Timber PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1604690712

ISBN - 13:9781604690712


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good book! I like the advises in this book - very hands on
Date published: 2017-11-13

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Introduction: Dyeing with Plants Cultivating color, by growing beautiful plants in your garden and making your own botanical dyes, can be a wondrous experience. Whether you are an artist, a crafter, or a novice, you can easily learn how to create natural dyes from plants you have gathered or grown yourself. Soaking plant materials in water to make dye is as simple as making tea. Everyday plants like blackberries, carrots, and turmeric, to name just a few, can create an inspiring color palette. By following the simple instructions in this book, you can dye yarn, fabric, a sweater, a dress, or a tablecloth with botanical materials and transform an object into a work of art.  Why Plant Dyes? Plant-based dyes offer colors that are unusual, varied, and vibrant. Colors yielded by plant materials have a rich complexity that synthetic dyes cannot achieve. Natural dyes harmonize with each other in a way that only botanical colors can. A natural dye, a red for example, will include hints of blue and yellow, whereas a chemically produced red dye contains only a single red pigment, making the color less complex. Even mixing synthetic dyes can rarely if ever achieve the range of shades that natural dyes possess.             When you work with organic botanical color sources, you are literally working with living color. The unique qualities of naturally dyed textiles can often make the color vibrate or glow, which is truly magical. In a hank of gray yarn, one person may see purple tones and another person may see blues. Natural dyes are sometimes less colorfast over time than synthetic dyes, but their richness is always inspiring.             Plant-based dyes offer an ecologically friendly alternative to synthetic dyes because they come from plants, which are renewable nontoxic resources and are biodegradable. Botanical dyes love all types of natural fibers from plants and animals, and bond to them readily. Natural dyes take especially well to natural fibers such as wool, silk, linen, and cotton. When choosing items to dye, however, you aren’t limited to textiles and fabrics, but can dye yarn for knitting, paper, shoes, lamp shades, rugs, shells, leather, and even your hair! And you can also dye the surfaces of many other objects, like wood beads, shells, and leather.   Gathering wild plant material from the sidewalks or vacant lots of your community is a good way to get acquainted with dye-producing botanical sources. Maple leaves from the sidewalk will create gorgeous pinks to deep grays and blues; fennel, which grows widely as a weed, creates bright yellows and greens. Even plants commonly considered useless weeds create some of the most striking colors: sour grass makes bright yellows on all types of natural fibers. Fruit and nut trees also create beautiful colors: fig leaves make bright yellow and green, black walnut hulls make a rich brown, and the bark of the crabapple tree yields warm tones of pink to orange. Dye plants you can grow in your garden range from onions, whose skin produces bright yellows, greens, and orange-pinks, to red cabbage, which creates shades from lavender to deep blue, to mint, which creates tans to teal-greens.             You can sometimes achieve even more impressive ranges of color when using a mordant in the dyeing process. A mordant is a metallic agent used in the dyeing process that helps color chemically bind to the fiber. Some dyes will not take to fiber without a mordant, so it’s important to check dye and project instructions carefully to see if a mordant is needed. However,many plants have the chemistry to allow vibrant color to bond with fiber, and those are particularly fascinating to work with. In my own exploration of color, I like to work with nontoxic natural dyes and mordants that are not harmful to the dyer or the environment. Some metallic mordants can contain toxic substances, so it’s important to do your research and know your materials. With proper usage, the dyes and mordants in this book are safe to work with.  

Editorial Reviews

“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.” —   “An expertly written and beautifully photographed book.” —Oklahoman