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    Anne Bliss(Author),Robert Bliss(Illustrator)

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Handsome line drawings of 126 common, roadside plants are included with tips on how to use them to obtain a range of warm, subtle colors.

Handsome line drawings of 126 common, roadside plants are included with tips on how to use them to obtain a range of warm, subtle colors.

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  • By Bjo on November 8, 2017

    I've been a natural dyer for some 40+ years, and this book is always at the top of my list for beginners. I've given several copies away. Experienced dyers will also enjoy the recipes and other information. Hint: a lot of the plants listed herein grow well in Southern California, even though the author lists them for higher altitudes or other areas.

  • By Allison Hooper on April 11, 2011

    I lost my copy of this classic and was thrilled to find it here! It is the definitive resource for dyeing with vegetation. No high gloss photos - just simple clear line drawings of the plant materials and straightforward instructions for dyeing using mordants (chemicals) to set colors on protein fibers.

  • By Virginia Allain on August 1, 2007

    Small in stature, but a chubby book at 288 pages, this contains a wealth of info for anyone wanting to use natural dyes. The first 31 pages tells the dying techniques and ideas for foraging and using plants. Each plant is then listed alphabetically with 2 pages for each. You get the common name, botanic name, a general description with other possible uses such as being edible, then the dye applications. It tells what colors you get when you mix the plant with alum, chrome, copper, tin, iron, and no mordant. It also gives the lightfastness of the dye (amount of fading to expect).There are 126 plants, mostly wildflowers, but also some trees.The second page shows a sketch of each plant drawn by the author's husband. These seem more decorative than practical for identification purposes. It has a cross-index at the back for the common and botanical names.


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