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A Garden to Dye For: How to Use Plants from the Garden to Create Natural Colors for Fabrics & Fibers Hardcover – May 1, 2014
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Of course, one can argue that natural plant-based dyes are as traditional as it gets. But in the modern world, ready-made synthetic dyes have become the norm. It’s so easy to step into a craft store and find a rainbow of powdered and liquid dyes. However, if you’re a crafty person who appreciates nature, this title is for you.
Even if you don’t have a green thumb, her book provides enough guidance and encouragement to get you going. And if you do? It’s an amazing, informative encyclopedia that’s sure to become a staple in your garden. (Kirsten Nunez DIY Lifestyle Magazine)
"Many of the artists and crafters I know are also avid gardeners, so “A Garden to Dye For” is likely to strike a cord with creative types." (Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood The Grand Rapids Press)
"If you are a keen gardener and a nervous would-be-dyer, interested in safe natural dyeing project to do with children, then this fun and attractive book will help you select a few plants, get necessary equipment together, mordant if necessary, and start dyeing using cold water, hot water or solar dyeing methods."
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"The goal, therefore, is not to attmept to share every scientific formula that includes every possible outcome. Instead, I want to encourage every person who pics up this book to try dying with plants." (page xii - Introduction)
I think Chris reached that goal with A Garden to Dye For.
Here are a few things I LOVED about the book - this is coming from a seasoned gardener but a newbie "dyer".
~ Chris starts the book out with vocabulary because the hard part of learning any new skill is really getting a handle on the terminology, isn't it?
~ The photography is amazing
~ There are clear instructions for the projects
~ The projects appear to be very doable even for the beginner
~ There are growing tips for each plant
~ For each plant Chris tells you where to find the color
~ There is an extensive resource page - you know, so you can find play silks
Most of all, I love that Chris makes growing a dye garden and actually using it seem doable and fun.
I tried hard to find something to caution you about or complain about. I really did. But I couldn't find anything that I didn't like or that irritated me to share with you.
No one's garden library is complete without A Garden to Dye For--I highly, highly recommend it.
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This book is pretty good. I was hoping for more information on plants to use for dyes but the information it has it good and easy to understand.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
haven't had the chance to apply the knowledge here yet but excited about the possibility!Published 4 months ago by magpie
If you have decided to 'go natural' and stop using chemical dyes, read this book! Chris McLaughlin writes for the amateur, the "newbie. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kate Singer
Nice pictures but its says what all the other natural dye books say.Published 12 months ago by Julia Gray