Botanical Colour at your Fingertips (paperback)
Unlock the colour potential of the plants around you. Experiment with wild plants, garden herbs, as well as fruit and vegetable skins. Create your own unique palette of colours and dye clothes, fabric and yarn.
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Enter the world of botanical dyeing, where a stroll through your garden or the local woods takes on a brand new meaning. Every piece of fabric that you dye with wild or homegrown plants is a unique creation and a reflection of the natural world around you.
Have you been intrigued about plant dyeing but you’re not sure how to get started? Are you concerned that colours will fade? This book demystifies the process, offers alternative methods that simplify natural dyeing, and empowers you to explore the plants that you already have at your fingertips.
Don’t be put off by the chemical mordants you may have heard you must use – there are alternatives you can use. I wrote this book for you.
The book covers the following:
- how to produce long-lasting colours on plant fibres such as cotton, linen & bamboo
- how and why to pretreat fabric and yarn in soya milk before dyeing
- choosing plants that will give promising results in the dye pot
- how to extract the most colour from plants and how to achieve dark colours on cellulose fibres.
- my methods for producing deep pinks from avocado skins and stones (pits/seeds)
- altering colours by changing the pH of dye
- using iron or rust water to darken your dyed fabric/yarn and expand your palette of colours
- painting patterns with iron water
- testing fabric and yarn to see how long the dyes last in sunlight and after washing.
This book will help you get started with natural dyeing in the simplest way. Rebecca gently guides you through the process so you can create beautiful dyes and patterns with the plants right at your fingertips.