Artist and designer Sasha Duerr takes the do-it-yourself movement to the next level in her new book, The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes. Duerr demonstrates how to create complex and complimentary colors by using plants grown or resources found in the garden or collected from sidewalks and vacant lots. Simple and sustainable, her methods will work on fabrics, paper, shoes, lamp shades, wood beads, leather, and even hair. This is a book for any gardener, sewer, fabric lover, or do-it-yourselfer interested in adding safe and spectacular colors from everyday ingredients.
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Luscious color from fruit, flowers, and leaves
Buttery yellow from garden weeds or gorgeous garnet-red dye from flowers—achieving stunning colors for your fabric, yarn, and other natural materials is almost as easy as boiling water, with ingredients as close as your spice cabinet and as plentiful as fallen leaves.
Through step-by-step instructions and color-saturated photographs, textile designer Sasha Duerr explains the basics of making and using natural plant dye, from gathering materials and making the dyes to simple ideas for how to use them.
Have a picnic on a sunny turmeric-yellow tablecloth, give a baby some adorable acorn-dipped booties, craft a set of stunning black-walnut pillows, or treat yourself to a little black(berry) dress. Experimenting with color has never been more tempting to try.
Gentle, sustainable, garden-to-garment practices will inspire knitters, sewers, and fabric lovers of all stripes to transform fiber, textiles, and even pre-loved clothes into works of art—and to have a lot of fun in the process.
Sasha Duerr is an artist, designer, and advocate for the slow fashion movement of organic dyes, alternative fibers, and the creative reuse of materials. She is a professor at the California College of the Arts and the founder of the Permacouture Institute to encourage the exploration of fashion and textiles from the ground up. Her work has been featured internationally in galleries and museums and in The New York Times, American Craft Magazine, Selvedge, and the Huffington Post.
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