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Wild Color, Revised and Updated Edition: The Complete Guide to Making and Using Natural Dyes (Anglais) Broché – 16 novembre 2010

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JENNY DEAN has worked with natural dyes for more than 30 years. She is the author of several books and numerous articles on natural dyeing, and also conducts lectures, workshops, and courses on the subject. A collection of her dyed samples is included in the collection of the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage in Brussels, Belgium.
KAREN DIADICK CASSELMAN has taught dyeing techniques throughout the U.S. and internationally. Her dyed pieces are included in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution and other museums.

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This one is useful! 7 décembre 2010
Par William E. Isakson - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
There is no question that this one is useful. It gives the specifics of what to use and how. The day this book arrived was a garbage day and I had just dug up my dahlia tubers and put the stems in the recycle and out to the curb. Then I sat down browse through the book. At 10 O'Clock that night I was out at the curb in my bathrobe digging through the recycle bin to reclaim my dahlia stems. The dye from those came out just great. I tried them several ways on different wools and then spun yarn. I have also used other materials from the garden that were covered in this book, all with good results. If you want to try your hand at dyeing with natural products, this is the book you want.
Bill Isakson
Richmond, CA
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Great resource if you like dyeing--and don't have the original 19 juin 2011
Par D. Boyken - Publié sur
Format: Broché
This is an update of the 1999 edition of this very detailed, very thorough book on natural dyeing.

I don't have a copy of the original, so I can't tell you exactly how or why this is different, but what I can tell you is that this is an exhaustive overview of the dyeing process. Starting with a history of dyes, and moving into the techniques, it explores everything you could ever want to know. Or so I assume.

The book goes into great detail about how to prepare your leaves, roots, barks, and petals for dyeing. What kind of water to use (and how your water's pH balance affects the process). Whether to use mordants, and which ones. The differences in dyeing animal fibers and vegetable fibers. The effects of color modifiers ... all of this is explained in depth.

Then she gets to specific plants. She provides a photo of what they look like, where to find them, and color swatches for the colors you can expect from them, depending on the process you choose. The photos are lovely to look at, and the swatches clear-they're of the "paint chip" variety, not photos of actual, dyed yarn.

This section is sorted alphabetically by the Latin name for each dye, and it took me a while to figure that out. Each page lists the Latin name in small type at the top, and then the common name (Hollyhock, Madder, etc.) after, in a larger typeface, so that it's the familiar name that catches your eye. It took me a couple passes to realize that the book wasn't sorted by color themes or by the easily-read names at the top of the page, but the smaller, easy-to-ignore Latin names. I wonder why they went this way, or at least why they then kept the Latin so small, but ... that's what Indexes are for, and this has a good one.

Ultimately, this is a beautiful book. If you're at all interested in dyeing-especially with natural sources rather than bottles of store-bought stuff that is harsher for the environment-you owe it to yourself to take a look.
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Good but not perfect introduction to dyeing. 14 novembre 2012
Par Jonathan Smith - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I bought this book as an introduction to natural dyeing based on several recommendations. I have been mostly pleased with the information in the book. It's not perfect, and I think the title is slightly misleading, but it's a solid introduction.

The good:

It has a good list of natural dye sources along with color swatches that show the colors achieves using the plant alone, plant plus mordant, plant alone plus modifier, and mordant, plant, and modifier. Very very useful

It has a very clear introduction to dying that covers techniques and steps in the dyeing process (it even has a small section on using urine to dye with indigo and woad). Pretty thorough for for a relatively small book.

The illustrations are well done and in full color.

The bad:

Organization - the key for the plant sections is located on page 20, which is 2 sections away from the plant section. It's located in a small sidebar that is easily overlooked. Why couldn't the sidebar be located in the chapter it's actually related to?

I was expecting more of an emphasis on plants native to North America. From the title I expected it to be a book of dyes that *I* could collect from the wild. WHile there are several that grow wild either as native plants or as imports, that is not at all the focus. THe focus is on natural dyes, and the plants listed are largely cultivated species grown in various locations in the world, not wild plants you can find in your backyard.

The conclusion:

This is a good book, you will not go wrong in buying it as an introduction to natural dyeing. The organizational quibble can be overcome (remember, key to the plant section is on page 20). Once you've read through this book and practiced you should be well equipped to begin experimenting with plants that do grow wild in your own yard!
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A Colorful Christmas Present 26 décembre 2010
Par Renessa S. - Publié sur
Format: Broché
I just got this for Christmas today! :D And I had to stop opening everything else as I flipped through to discover the number and vibrancy of colors you can get out of plants I never expected there to be abundant pigment in. I am a budding medieval recreator, and a college student on a budget, so I'm definitely looking forward to being able to save money on making garb by buying white natural fabrics in bulk and snagging a few plants so I can achieve period dyes. (Not to mention one day save money by just dyeing and making my own modern clothes.)

I also watch Jenny's blog through an RSS feed (that's how I found out this was being updated and reprinted and threw it on my wishlist them moment it came up on Amazon). She talks about some interesting little projects some times, very informative. Check it out! [...]
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Colorful and interesting. 5 mars 2011
Par S. Williams - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Having eagerly anticipated the arrival of this book, I was a little disappointed that the pages detailing different plants, etc, did not have any pictures of actual yarn or fabric, but only a series of paint-chip type colors, with a small legend next to each referring to the mordants and modifiers. The key to the legends is hidden earlier in the book and hard to find. Having said that, the first part of the book, dealing with techniques, safety, equipment, etc., is excellent. My favorite pages were 62 and 63, "25 colors from one dye bath" which I felt were the best illustration of the wonderful possibilities using actual yarn.
The variety of plant sources was an eye-opener, and the color possibilities enticing. Overall well worth the money.
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