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Start a dye garden no matter how little space you have, whether it's a window box, balcony or garden.
Experience the joy of growing flowers (and also Japanese indigo!) and use your plants to naturally dye cloth.
This is the book I wish I'd read years ago... so I wrote it for you!
Grow Your Own Colour will show you...
- how to start gardening if you’ve never done it before
- no-dig gardening methods
- starting seeds indoors vs direct sowing in the ground
- how to grow, harvest and dye with 9 different dye plants
- these plants are covered: Japanese indigo, Hopi Black Dye sunflower, French marigold, African marigold, dyer's chamomile, coreopsis, sulphur cosmos, purple pincushion, hollyhock (and a couple of other bonus types of cosmos).
- harvesting & drying flowers
- saving seeds & cross-pollination
- dyeing projects for your homegrown flowers
- bundle dyeing, flower hammering, immersion dyeing (in a dye pot), darkening & painting with iron, modifying the pH of dye
- different mordant recipes for silk and cellulose fibres
- comparing results from soya milk treated fabric, with aluminium acetate, lactate & sulphate, as well as iron post mordanting & painting
- guidelines for choosing the right mordant for your particular project
- how to test colour fastness on fabric
- where to buy dried flowers if you just can't wait to grow your own!
- where to buy seeds (worldwide)
Available to order in print and digital (PDF).
136 pages. The paperback measures 15.24 x 22.86 cm.