Colours From Nature describes in full detail how to prepare and use natural dyes on a variety of fibres to produce a wide range of colours, following safe and environmentally-friendly methods.
The comprehensive recipe section gives instructions for over 100 colours, using both traditional dyes such as cochineal, indigo, madder and weld, and dyes from more common plants such as blackberry, rhubarb, oak and walnut.
Jenny Dean has been working with natural dyes for over 30 years. She lectures and runs courses and workshops on natural dyeing and has written widely on the subject. Her books include The Craft of Natural Dyeing and Wild Colour.
Preface Introduction Equipment and safety Selecting and preparing materials for dyeing Mordanting: Introduction; Using the percentage system for measuring; Manufactured chemicals and recipes; Making your own metallic mordant solutions; Plant mordants and recipes Selecting and Applying Dye Colours: Introduction; Quantities; Extracting dye colour; Applying dye colour General Instructions for Extracting and Applying Dye Colour Making and Using Colour Modifiers Testing for Colour Potential Testing for Light- and Wash-fastness Checklist of Important Reminders Summary of Processes Recipes: Yellow; Orange; Brown and tan; Red and pink; Purple; Blue; Green; Grey; Black; Compound colours Using Natural Dye Extracts Further Plant Sources of Dye Colour Bibliography Acknowledgements Index