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A Garden to Dye for: How to Use Plants from the Garden to Create Natural Colors for Fabrics and Fibers [Hardcover]

Chris McLaughlin
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  • Hardcover: 142 pages
  • Publisher: St. Lynn's Press (May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985562285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985562281
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 18 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 175,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring book 16 July 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Well written, inspires one to do things. Pleasure to always glance at book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect book for the beginner 10 May 2014
By Kristi Stone - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
While there is a lot of information to digest for a newbie like me, Chris walks the reader through the process, making dyeing fiber an attainable goal. The photos are beautiful, leaving me completely intrigued and wanting to know how I can create such beautiful, vibrant color with the plants in my garden. Chris provides a great reference section on plants that can be used for dyes, as well as garden plans so that you can get the most out of the garden you plant. This book is a great reference for the new and seasoned dyer, and will serve the owner for years to come.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy Inspiration, Batman! 10 May 2014
By ladypuddleduck - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have the Weaver's Garden and I love it (my stepmother gave it to me with faith that I would someday learn to use it). I love the whole idea of being able to grow natural dyes. When Chris sent me the e-copy of this book to read I was so inspired! I'm very shallow and in order for me to learn well from a book, it has to have good graphics - this one does not disappoint! I liked how it was organized. I was reading the other review and agree with Chris that its organized more like a seed catalog would be. I was able to skip around from idea to idea as my brain pinged off this or that piece of information and not once did I get lost or confused. The book is simple and, my favorite part, written for gardeners. I've read a few of these books before but I always have to go to another book to figure out if its one I can grow or even want to grow but with Garden to Dye For, its all right there! Now, I'm off to put the mushroom dye bath we made today in the fridge so we can play with it for school tomorrow!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grow your own colors! 8 May 2014
By farmhouseK8 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Beyond the basic aesthetics of a beautiful garden, I've always put mine to good use and reaped as much food and cut flowers as I possibly could. But Chris' book adds a whole new consideration: put all those colors to work and create natural, gorgeous dyes! I'd never even thought about this before! To anyone new to the art/science of dyeing, I'm sure that the process can seem a little overwhelming, but Chris, in her no-nonsense-cut-to-the-chase kind of way, manages to demystify it entirely. Combine that with a dash of sass and a whole boatload of beautiful images--this book is an absolute joy to read.
No one's garden library is complete without A Garden to Dye For--I highly, highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I think I might be addicted 30 May 2014
By carl & angi schneider - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
When Chris set out to write this book, this was her goal...

"The goal, therefore, is not to attmept to share every scientific formula that includes every possible outcome. Instead, I want to encourage every person who pics up this book to try dying with plants." (page xii - Introduction)

I think Chris reached that goal with A Garden to Dye For.

Here are a few things I LOVED about the book - this is coming from a seasoned gardener but a newbie "dyer".

~ Chris starts the book out with vocabulary because the hard part of learning any new skill is really getting a handle on the terminology, isn't it?
~ The photography is amazing
~ There are clear instructions for the projects
~ The projects appear to be very doable even for the beginner
~ There are growing tips for each plant
~ For each plant Chris tells you where to find the color
~ There is an extensive resource page - you know, so you can find play silks

Most of all, I love that Chris makes growing a dye garden and actually using it seem doable and fun.

I tried hard to find something to caution you about or complain about. I really did. But I couldn't find anything that I didn't like or that irritated me to share with you.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Garden to Dye For, was worth the wait! 8 May 2014
By Janet Garman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Another winning book by author Chris McLaughlin. This book covers using natural plant dyes to color your world I am a fiber producer so I was awaiting the book's release in order to learn more about using natural plant dyes on my own fiber and yarn. But why stop there. Use the dyes to custom make a fabric scarf, or a fabric anything that needs a zip of color. Learn about which plants will produce a lasting dye and which ones are only a fleeting stain on the landscape of life. You can even use these dyes for water color paintings! So many beautiful thoughts are running through my minds as I get ready to make my first batch of dye. I am totally inspired and you will be, too.
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