Guide to Dye Plants for Dyeing Wool & Textiles
By Susan (Eshelman) Charnell
The "Guide to Dye Plants" is the world's most comprehensive guide to gathering, processing and using plants that produce natural dyes. The information in the Dye Guide has been painstakingly gathered over many years. Each plant dyestuff has been tested with a range of mordants, and comprehensive detail is provided about which plant parts produce what colors in combination with various mordants.
The "Guide to Dye Plants for Dyeing Wool & Textiles" is a great resource for homesteaders wishing to increase their ability to produce clothing and textile goods, for use at home and as saleable products. In fact, there is a tremendous market worldwide for natural dyes, which are only produced in small quantities, with a narrow range of colors available. Dyestuffs producing very bright and vibrant colors are particularly sought after by weavers, spinners and textile artists, but unfortunately they are very difficult to purchase, at any price.
These natural plant dyestuffs can easily be wildcrafted in natural habitats both rural and urban. The plant materials are easy to dry and process at home, and their sale will be a profitable addition for small farms, homesteaders and home-based businesses.
Here's some of the great information you'll find in "The Guide":
- A list of more than 300 common North American dye plants and trees
- Full descriptions of which individual plant parts can be used as dyestuffs (berries, bark, leaves, roots, etc.)
- Detailed lists of the colors (often multiple) that can be derived from each plant's dyestuffs, when used alone or combined with various mordants
- Special section on 150 plants indigenous to the Pacific Northwest (many of which are found in other parts of the world, as well)
- Chapter on wool mordanting, with tried-and-true recipes for liquid ratio to primary metallic salts and acids (alum, chrome, iron, tin and copper)
- Color-specific lists of all the plants and dyestuffs that are sources of yellow, orange, reds and pinks, green, blue, purple, gray, black, browns and tans.
- Additional instructions for the preparation of dyestuffs, the dyeing process, fabric preparations and tests, procion print & screen paste recipes, and much more
- Special section on working with Indigo
The Guide also provides a comprehensive reading list and a source list of online and offline suppliers of mordants, dyeing equipment, fleece wool, textiles and related materials.
The Dye Guide is available in hardcopy or on CD. The CD-rom includes an extensive library of color images of dye plants, along with a text copy of the entire Guide for you to print at home, making it a great bargain! Shipping is free!