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Embark upon an exploration of natural dyeing and sustainable creativity with noted forager and alchemist, Aurelia Wolff!Botanical Dyes
invites both experienced artisans and newcomers to immerse themselves in the fascinating world of natural dyeing. With practical instructions, factual knowledge, and creative inspiration, readers can breathe new life into textiles, infusing them with the captivating beauty of nature's palette.
Written by Aurélia Wolff, who calls herself an urban druid, colour cook and alchemist, this book offers a practical – yet visually sumptuous – guide to the art of botanical dyeing.
The journey begins with a comprehensive introduction, covering the fundamental concepts of botanical dyeing. Gain insights into the process of creating tincture vegetables and the intricate chemistry of natural dyes, which have been used for centuries to add vibrant hues to fabrics. Throughout the book, the significance of using natural fibers and the art of etching in the dyeing process are emphasized. Discover also, which of the many practical tools in the dyer's workshop will best equip you with essential skills for an eco-conscious and successful dyeing practice.
Seasonal botanical recipes for plant-based dyes include:
- Walnut and Rhubarb for Spring
- Gaude and Madder for Summer
- Autumn's Warm Oak and Elderberry
- Winter's cozy Chestnut and Onion
To encourage a deeper connection with nature, the book provides valuable insights into responsibly sourcing the plants necessary for botanical dyeing. Gain a greater understanding of eco-friendly practices and sustainable approaches to this centuries-old craft.