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Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes Contributor(s): Burgess, Rebecca (Author)

Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes Contributor(s): Burgess, Rebecca (Author)

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Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes
Contributor(s): Burgess, Rebecca (Author)

ISBN: 1579654258    EAN: 9781579654252
Publisher: Artisan Publishers 
US SRP: $24.99 US
Binding: Paperback
Copyright Date: 2011
Pub Date: May 02, 2011
Physical Info: 0.63" H x 7.96" L x 10.02" W (1.65 lbs) 192 pages

Selection of the Crafters' Choice Book Club

Beautiful natural dyes from plants found in the wild or grown in your own backyard.
As more crafters discover, dyeing your own fabric can yield gorgeous colors. Now, master dyer Rebecca Burgess identifies 36 plants that will yield beautiful natural shades and shows how easy it is to make the dyes. Pokeweed creates a vibrant magenta, while elderberries create a range of soft lavender shades; indigo yields a bright blue, and coyote brush creates stunning sunny yellows.

 

Gathering Color explains where to find these plants in the wild (and for those that can be grown in your backyard, how to nurture them) and the best time and way to harvest them; maps show the range of each plant in the United States and Canada. For the dyeing itself, Burgess describes the simple equipment needed and provides a master dye recipe. The book is organized seasonally; as an added bonus, each section contains a knitting project using wools colored with dyes from plants harvested during that time of the year. With breathtaking color photographs by Paige Green throughout, Gathering Color is an essential guide to this growing field for crafters and DIYers, ecologists and botanists, and artists, textile designers, and art students.

Rebecca Burgess is a teacher and natural dye artisan who has worked for more than ten years creating recipes from local flora. She teaches natural dye workshops throughout the country to crafters, ecologists, and art students, as well as to apparel giants like Levi Strauss. Rebecca is also the founder of EcologicalArts, an organization dedicated to creating, revitalizing, and teaching functional art forms that utilize natural raw materials. She lives in San Geronimo, California.
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