Book Review: Natural Dyeing with Plants

Title: Natural Dyeing with Plants
Author: Franziska Ebner & Romana Hasenöhrl

The fascinating luminosity of colors from plants can be easily transferred to wool, silk, or other materials at home. Necessary materials, mordanting, the preparation of fibers and dye sources, and different dyeing methods are described in detail. This richly illustrated book also shows how the dyed materials can be felted or turned into woolen pictures. The traditional coloring of Easter eggs with natural colors or the coloring of the sun is also explained. Last but not least, the authors deal with trend-setting eco-printing.

My Review

So do you do any fiber work? Knitting, crocheting, weaving, felting, etc? If you do and you have thought about dyeing your own yarn then this is the book you need!!!! No dye is better then what Mother Nature can provide. This book not only tells you how to dye the yarn but gives you detailed instructions on how and why you do it this way. It also provides you with recipes of what you need to have in order to get the color you are wanting. This book has made me want to dye my own yarn, but I would need to get a green thumb (growing the plants and trees) to get the materials unless I was gonna order them. To me that would defeat the whole point of doing a natural dye on your yarn, lol. That is just my own opinion though.

If you are even thinking about dying your own fiber then I highly recommend you read this book on natural dyeing before you even start. The information gathered in the book along with the instructions would prove to be invaluable to you I believe.


I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

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