Colonial Lake Books

Dyeing Books

A Dyer's Manual - $37.00
Jill Goodwin. An experimental dyer for over fifty years and well respected for her knowledge of dye plants and her work with woad, Jill published A Dyer's Manual in 1982. Following many requests a new edition has been produced, and her enthusiasm and interest can be shared with a new generation of dyers. Contents include: Preparation of Fibres, Mordants, Test Dyeing, Dyeing With Weeds, Dyes From the Garden, Ancient Dyes, Indigo, Lichen Dyes, Dyeing in Schools, Using Dyed Fibres, and an extensive chart of plants, and the colours they give with different mordants. 34 colour plates and many more illustrations.

A Garden To Dye For - $37.00
Chris McLaughlin. Home-grown botanical dyes are in. It just takes a garden plot and a kitchen. This book shows how super-simple it is to plant and grow a dyer's garden and create beautiful dyes. Many of these plants may already be in our cutting, cottage or food gardens, ready for double duty. These special plants can fit right in with traditional garden themes. 40-plus plants are featured that the gardener-crafter can grow for an all-natural, customized color palette. A dyer's garden can be a mosaic of flowers, herbs, roots and fruits that lend us their pigments to beautify other areas of our lives. The richly photographed book is divided between the garden and the dye process, with garden layouts, plant profiles, dye extraction and uses, step-by-step recipes and original, engaging DIY projects. This is the book that bridges the topic of plant dyes to mainstream gardeners, the folks who enjoy growing the plants as much as using them in craft projects. 142pp. Hb.

A Handbook of Indigo Dyeing - $44.00
Vivian Priseaux. This exciting craft book on the art of indigo dyeing has an emphasis on natural fibers. Prideaux uses clear gradational photographs and well-researched information. Although the age-old art of indigo dyeing can be messy and potentially hazardous, careful guidance from the author calms any concerns with thorough assistance on safety and preparation. You will discover Japanese "Shibori fabric resist…" and its "…wonderful effects…produced by folding, stitching, binding and clamping…" Several projects include an Asian jacket, cushion, and scarf, in exceptionally rich blues. 96pp. Pb.

A Heritage of Colour - $31.00
Jenny Dean. Inspired by the colours on textile fragments from the Iron Age and by the achievements of early dyers, the author describes some of the dyes and methods of the past and considers how they can be adapted for use by today's dyers. The book covers all the basics of natural dyeing and explains in detail how to experiment with local plants, wherever you may live, to produce a wide range of beautiful, rich colours on textile fibres. A Heritage of Colour also includes sections on dyeing with fungi, contact printing on cloth and dyeing multi-coloured fibres and fabrics. The emphasis throughout is on environmentally-friendly methods and on the thrill of personal discovery through practical experience. 160pp.Pb.

Ancient and Medieval Dyes - $32.00
William F Leggett. This classic text is an informative and easy-to-read introduction to the most common animal and vegetable dyes used before the introduction of synthetic chemical dyes. 80pp. Pb.

Ashford Book of Dyeing - $33.00
Ann Milner. An outline of the basic principles, describing fabrics, relevant dyes (both natural and chemical) and techniques. For the more experienced dyer, she also provides detailed recipes for named dyes, instructions for advanced techniques, and a clear discussion of percentage dyeing. The author shows how to achieve novelty effects with hot exhaust dyeing and how to use such novel heat sources as the sun and the microwave oven. 192pp. Pb.

Craft of the Dyer: Plants and Lichens - $20.00
Karen Leigh Casselman. Plant dyes are popular with craftspeople because they produce soft, attractive colors. This is a complete guide to making and using dyes from a wide variety of plants — acorn to zinnia. For each plant: suitability for dyeing, parts to use, processing, availability, fastness of dye, more. 256pp. Pb.

Fabic & Yarn Dyer's Handbook - $45.00
Tracy Kendall. With detailed instructions for all the main dyeing and decorating techniques, as well as innovative contemporary methods involving photocopiers, aluminum foil, and latex, this book features over 100 beautifully illustrated projects. A comprehensive section on the characteristics of different fabrics and yarns, dyes, pigments, and paints, packed with handy tips, makes this a must-have resource for any crafter in search of unique textiles or yarns. 160pp. Pb.

Harvesting Color - $63.00
Rebecca Burgess. Beautiful natural dyes from plants found in the wild or grown in your own backyard. As more and more crafters are discovering, dyeing your own fabric can yield gorgeous colors. Now master dyer Rebecca Burgess identifies 36 plants that will yield beautiful natural shades and shows how easy it is to make the dyes. Pokeweed creates a vibrant magenta, while a range of soft lavender shades is created from elderberries; indigo yields a bright blue, and coyote brush creates stunning sunny yellows. Harvesting Color explains where to find these plants in the wild (and for those that can be grown in your backyard, how to nurture them) and the best time and way to harvest them; maps show the range of each plant in the United States and Canada. For the dyeing itself, Burgess describes the simple equipment needed and provides a master dye recipe. The book is organized seasonally; as an added bonus, each section contains a knitting project using wools colored with dyes from plants harvested during that time of the year. With breathtaking color photographs by Paige Green throughout, Harvesting Color is an essential guide to this growing field, for crafters and DIYers; for ecologists and botanists; and for artists, textile designers, and art students. 208pp. Pb.

Indigo: In Search of the Color That Seduced the World - $21.00
Catherine E McKinley. Now in Paperback! For almost five millennia, in every culture and in every major religion, indigo - a blue pigment obtained from the small green leaf of a parasitic shrub through a complex process - has been at the center of turbulent human encounters. Indigo is the story of this precious dye and its ancient heritage: its relationship to slavery as the "hidden half" of the transatlantic slave trade, its profound influence on fashion, and its spiritual significance, which is little recognized but no less alive today. It is an untold story, brimming with rich, electrifying tales of those who shaped the course of colonial history and a world economy. But Indigo is also the story of a personal quest: Catherine McKinley is the descendant of a clan of Scots who wore indigo tartan as their virile armor; the kin of several generations of Jewish "rag traders"; the maternal granddaughter of a Massachusetts textile factory owner; and the paternal granddaughter of African slaves - her ancestors were traded along the same Saharan routes as indigo, where a length of blue cotton could purchase human life. McKinley's journey in search of beauty and her own history ultimately leads her to a new and satisfying path, to finally "taste life." Indigo will be irresistible to read. 236pp. Pb.

Lichen Dyes - $14.00
Karen Diadick Casselman. Noted textile designer and lichen expert explains how to create and use dyes derived from lichens. Text covers history of the use of lichen pigments, safe dyeing methods, ecologically sound dyeing and use of mordants, lichen identification, more. 64pp. Pb.

Medieval Dyes - $45.00
Jodi Smith. The perfect dyebook for historical reenactors. Get authentic, bright colors on wool, cotton, linen, and silk. Contains: Discussion of 48 historical dyestuffs; Thirty-six natural dye recipes, tested by the author; Results of the author's lightfastness tests; Recipes for scouring fibers; Updated recipes for mordanting before or after dyeing; Safety advice; Discussion of 24 chemicals used in dyeing (What is the difference between "potash" and "pearl ash"?); Conversions between traditional "English" and metric units; Index of dyestuffs by common names and by scientific names; Annotated bibliography of over 50 sources for further study; Fun facts (The Romans used walnut husks as a hair dye. "Alizarin," a pigment found in madder root, is named after the Persian word for madder dye, "al lizari.") 127pp. Pb.

Natural Plant Dyes - $20.00
Judith V Hallett. A Practical and simple guide to dyemaking with plants, which takes the reader step-by-step from plant collection to dyed yarn so easily that even novices will be inspired to try. Lists at the back of the book cover well over 100 Australian plants (and some commonly found introduced plants), each of which can potentially release five different colours with different mordants. The lists are organised under colour divisions, grouping plants which will provide a particular colour, under both botanical and common names. An excellent introductory book on dyeing. 64pp. Pb.

Vegetable Dyes: A Book of Recipes and Information - $17.00
Ethel M Mairet. "Short, to the point, chock full of practical 'how to' information – and very affordable, to boot. Ethel M. Mairet's classic Vegetable Dyes: A Book of Recipes and Information Useful to the Dyer is far and away my all time favorite single-source natural dyeing handbook, a real must-have 'Dyer's Bible.'" – Jessica Martin, Award-Winning Fiber Artist. 84pp. Pb.

Wild Color (Revised Edition) - $45.00
Jenny Dean. For dyers of all types of fibers, from beginner to experienced, or for gardeners interested in new uses for traditional plants, who want to learn successful techniques for dyeing with natural materials. Wild Color, Revised and Updated Edition, documents dyeing techniques for more than 65 plant species, presenting recipes and color swatches for over 250 results. 144pp. Pb.

The Essential Color Wheel Companion - $22.00
Joen Wolfrom (designer). Selecting perfect color combinations has never been easier! Joen Wolfrom has designed a durable, color-accurate, two-sided, multi-purpose 12" x 12" color wheel for use anywhere you go. One side features 24 pure colors with 4 color-plan wheels for each pure color. The other side shows a range of each pure color's tints, shades, and tones. Each color wedge is slotted so you can audition colors easily to ensure a perfect match. Everyone needs a colour wheel when playing with dyes and colours!