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The Complete Guide to Natural Dyeing Paperback – Bargain Price, March 1, 2010
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"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
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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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This is a well-written, beautifully photographed book on natural dyeing with excellent information and great ideas that will apply to natural dyeing and yarn and fabric dyeing in... Read morePublished on August 3, 2013 by David08848
This has so much info it is a must have for dyeing your own yarns book was in perfect shapePublished on July 30, 2013 by Crochetmouse
this book was given to my granddaughter for Christmas, and I hope it is everything that she needs for dying the wool from her alpacas. Read morePublished on December 29, 2012 by Margaret Anita Hermstedt