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.

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.

Botanical Inks - $39.00
Babs Behan. Learn how to transform foraged wild plants, plants, garden produce, and recycled food into dyes and inks with Botanical Inks. The book shows you how to extract environmentally sustainable color from the landscape and use it to create natural dyes for textiles, clothing, paper, and other materials. Botanical Inks covers dyeing and surface application techniques, including bundle dyeing, Shibori tie-dyeing, hapazome, indigo sugar vat dyeing, wood-block printing, screen printing, and more. It also shows you how to turn your new inks, dyes, and technique knowledge into wonderful projects, from a simple bundle-dyed a scarf to a block-printed tote bag. 192pp. Pb.

Eco Colour: Botanical Dyes for Beautiful Textiles - $65.00
India Flint. Dyeing with plants is a kind of botanical alchemy, a process that gives beautiful and sometimes surprising results. It is also a gentle and ecologically sustainable alternative to synthetic dyes, which are often harmful in themselves and in the processes used in their manufacture. The book encompasses only ecologically sustainable plant-dye methods using renewable resources, and attempts to take the path of doing the least possible harm to the dyer, the end user of the object, and the environment. Various techniques are discussed. Recipes include a number of entirely new processes developed by the author, as well as guidelines for plant collection, directions for distillation of non-toxic mordants and methodologies for applying plant dyes. The book is aimed at both the novice home dyer and textile or design professionals seeking to extend their skills. 238pp. Hb.

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.

The Modern Natural Dyer - $47.00
Kristine Vejar. Thousands of natural materials can produce glorious colour- the cochineal insect produces pink, maroon and purple, and more than 500 species of plants produce indigo blue. Here the author shares the most user-friendly techniques for dyeing at home with foraged and garden-raised dyestuffs as well as with natural dye extracts. Demystifying the "magic," Vejar explains in straightforward, easy-to-follow detail how to produce consistent, long-lasting colour. With stunning photography of the dyes themselves, the dyeing process, and 20 projects for home and wardrobe, this book is a complete resource for aspiring and experienced dye artisans. 192pp. Hb.

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 - $18.00
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 Hardback Edition) - $47.00
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!