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A Dyer's Garden: From Plant to Pot - Growing Dyes for Natural Fibers [Paperback]

Rita Buchanan
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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave Press Inc; Fourth Printing edition (1 April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883010071
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883010072
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 15.6 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 266,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book around for plant dyes 14 Sep 1998
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Rita gives CLEAR instructions on WHAT part of the plant to harvest for which color; which mordants and which fibers produce which colors; and what time of the year to harvest the plant. In addition, her color photos of the color outcome are neatly stacked along the right edge, enabling the reader to flip through the book to see the colors. There is also an appendix listing where the reader can get seeds for the plants in the book. Anyone interested in trying GOOD dye plants (almost any plant will give you at least tan) should have this small, well-written and beautifully illustrated book. Rita is one of the best.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent little book 1 April 2007
This is an inspiring, compact book on natural dyeing and how to grow the plants for it. But once again it comes from North America, so some of the plants are hard to find here. You can find some at
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific -- and "For Real" 17 May 1999
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Beautifully researched, solid data, and great color illustrations and presentation AND amazingly enough, her information is ACCURATE. No theoretical blather based on other references or wishful thinking. She has clearly tested, cross-checked, and validated all of her information first-hand. That in itself is remarkable, greatly appreciated, enormously valuable. Thank you Ms. Buchanan!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something different 13 Jun 2010
Although this book is quite small, there is a wealth of information contained therein. There's a useful question and answer section, good instructions on the growing and nurturing of your plants, garden plans and layouts for an attractive, as well as useful beds of plants.
The basics of dying, processing the types of fibre are comprehensively explained, even to the novice.
The excellent last section gives each dye plant in detail and illustrates the colours which may be obtained with different mordanting.
Overall, it is a very well conceived book, to be recommended, not only for the beginner, but for all dyers, as a first class reference, despite its size, this book should not to be ignored.
Buy it; and keep it by your side, it's very good value, attractively presented.
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