Colours from Nature


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Jenny Dean is one of the very knowledgeable dyers from whom I first learned natural dyeing. With over 40 years of natural dye experience, she is a trove of information and practical application. I inhaled the first edition of her Colours from Nature. And later, Wild Color (written with Karen Diadick Casselman). In addition, I am an avid reader of her blog.

We are so excited to offer Colours from Nature! This edition is an expanded reprint of her classic practical handbook for dyers. It is spiral bound with protective acetate covers. In addition, it is packed full of detailed information.  What I appreciate about this book is that Jenny offers solid, time-proven techniques for natural dyeing. She provides guidelines for dyeing the classics as well as gathering and extracting your own dyestuffs.

Jenny provides a thorough review of good dyeing practices. This results in the beautiful and lasting shades she is able to coax from humble and exotic dye sources. Colors from Nature examines fiber preparation and mordanting. It also looks at the historical dyes of antiquity, color testing and experiments. The dye recipes are arranged by color with representative printed color swatches. The indigo section includes 3 methods for preparing and using indigo and woad vats.

Chapters include: Equipment and Safety, Mordanting, Extracting Colors. As well as Making and Using Color Modifiers, Using Natural Dye Extracts, Plant Sources of Color, and Light and Wash-fastness. In addition, there are over 100 color recipes and a comprehensive bibliography.

102 printed pages.

I’m so glad this book is back! It is a classic!

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Weight 300 g
Dimensions 8.2 × 5.9 × .3 in


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