Author: Gwen Fereday
This illustrated handbook shows you how to create over 500 vibrant colors. It is invaluable whether you are a beginner and dyeing for the first time, or more experienced and wishing to perfect your technique.
Part One helps to broaden your awareness of the range of colors that are obtainable from natural dyes. Step-by-step photography and straightforward explanations lead you through the various stages of each process. The author focuses on the five classic dyestuffs of madder, cochineal, weld, cutch and indigo; and the five classic mordants (color fixatives) of alum, tin, iron, chrome and copper. She also shows how to produce dyes from wild or garden plants. Full of useful tips and practical advice, from which fiber to choose, to testing for basic color fastness, Part One makes experimenting with dyes enjoyable and effective.
Part Two is devoted to twenty-eight stunning color charts made up of 506 color swatches, each with an accompanying recipe. From crimson red to the palest of greys, the classic dyes and mordants combine to create an extraordinary range of colors. All the recipes have been tested by the author, and her results have been faithfully reproduced so you can choose the best color for your purpose. With a final section including further reading suggestions and a list of suppliers, Natural Dyes is a fully comprehensive and highly practical guide to the art of dyeing.
- Hardcover: 104 pages
- Publisher: British Museum Press (December 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0714125652
- ISBN-13: 978-1893063075
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 8.3 inches