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The Complete Guide to Natural Dyeing Paperback – Bargain Price, March 1, 2010

4.8 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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"A great source for anyone looking to learn how to use natural materials in their dyeing."  —About.com Guide to Knitting


"Filled with straight-forward instructions, great illustrations and oh, so many pretty pictures of colors . . . this book makes me think that I MIGHT . . . and considering that I’ve never been interested in dyeing before. That says a lot."  —KnittingScholar.com


"Practically the natural dyeing class I took in book form . . . I would have bought this book just for the juicy photography."  —Knitty.com



"If you ever wanted to dye your own yarns at home, here's the book you've been waiting for! It doesn't just cover the dyeing of yarn but also talks about dyeing fabric and fibres. However, there's a lot of crossover technique-wise, so there's plenty of valuable information for the keen knitter to pick up."  —Knit Today

About the Author

Eva Lambert is a fiber artist and the owner of the Shilashair shop in the UK. She has also done historical dyeing for the Victoria and Albert Millennium Exhibition. Tracy Kendall has worked in the textiles department of the Royal College of Art for many years. She also designs her own range of innovative wallpapers and works with leading fashion on dyeing projects. She is the author of The Fabric & Yarn Dyer's Handbook.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave Press (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596681810
  • ASIN: B005UVS0WE
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,401,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Before there were aniline dyes, there was logwood, indigo, cutch, weld and walnut hulls. Nowadays, you can dye your yarn or quilt fabric with commercial dyes or you can gather natural materials such as onion skins (yellow), cochineal insects (reds and maroons) and a number of flowers such as safflower and make colored yarns and fabrics.

Not only that, but using techniques such as shibori and tie-dying, you can make patterned yarns and fabrics for knitting, weaving and quilting.

This book goes over each color by material such as weld or indigo, shows you how to make the dyebath, mordant the material (a process of salting that allows the dye particles to adhere to the yarn or fabric.) Overdyeing effects, tie-dying, shading, and blends are covered.

While this is not the most complete book I've seen on natural dyes, it is comprehensive and the best part is that either knitters, weavers or quilters (or other fabric artists) will find instructions here that are useful. I've done both indigo and onion-skin dyeing of handspun yarn and it's well worth it for the fiber artist to try this at least once, as it gives great insight into the history and difficulty of obtaining beautifully colored materials. You never quite look at a dyed fabric the same way again, knowing how difficult obtaining certain colors can be. For example, greys are covered as well as beige and while we don't think of these as "colors" per se, they are something that unless you are using naturally colored sheep wool, you won't find in nature. There is a certain subtle nature to natural dyes, colors muted that are somehow more evocative than bright artificial dyes. The greens you get from elder, the golden yellows from onion, and the incredible greenish blue of indigo are amazing to behold.

If you are interesting in dyeing for either spinning, weaving, knitting or quilting, there is a lot in this book to try out.
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Ordered this book because I would like to be able to use the plants already growing on my farm for natural dyeing of both wool and alpaca fiber. Have not tried it yet, however, the book is very well laid out and the pictures are beautiful. I am looking forward to seeing how many plants will be on my farm! I gave it four stars based only on the book itself and not the actual dyeing.
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This book is very practical and teaches you step-by step how to dye yarn with products from nature, almost like a cooking class book. Although the authors compare fibres and how the colour will react differently on each one,the book deals mostly with sheep's wool.Or that is the impression that I get.
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Great book for those of us who want to really DO the project using the natural items available. Clear, concise and I'm ready to try it!
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By Red Hook on February 20, 2013
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It's a great book that covers information in a totally user friendly way. The best part is that it covers all fibers so you can check on protein/plant based for a specific dye.
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This lovely volume is exactly what I was looking for! All the five-star reviews clearly did not originate with the author's friends and family, as I often suspect is the case with book reviews that don't match the book. This is a definitive manual on the art of natural dyeing, filled with hard information and demystifying all the terminology while providing numerous recipes for dyeing various fabrics. I consider myself fairly educated as to wild plants and herbs and their properties, so wasn't seeking anything too basic. But for purposes of using plant extracts as natural dyes, I plead ignorance and as someone who has long desired to learn the intricacies of creating my own colors for such things as table linens and basic apparel, this book contains all the information I will ever need. Plus it's a most attractive volume, and the colorful pictures serve to enhance the text rather than simply look pretty. Recommended!
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By Pegi on April 19, 2013
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I purchased this book as a gift. In looking through it I am sure it is helpful although I have not been told thus
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Tons of detail, useful pictures, and information, not only on the dying process but also on plants and resources related to it. Better than any online guide I have found, worth owning this book.
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