Eco Colour : Botanical Dyes for Beautiful Textiles

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 9/14/2010
  • Publisher: Perseus Distribution Services
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The essence of plants bursts forth in magnificent hues and surprising palettes. Using dyes of the leaves, roots, and flowers to color your cloth and yarn can be an amazing journey into botanical alchemy. InEco Colour, artistic dyer and colorist India Flint teaches you how to cull and use this gentle and ecologically sustainable alternative to synthetic dyes. India explores the fascinating and infinitely variable world of plant color using a wide variety of techniques and recipes. From whole-dyed cloth and applied color to prints and layered dye techniques, India describes only ecologically sustainable plant-dye methods. She uses renewable resources and shows how to do the least possible harm to the dyer, the end user of the object, and the environment. Recipes include a number of entirely new processes developed by India, as well as guidelines for plant collection, directions for the distillation of nontoxic mordants, and methodologies for applying plant dyes. Eco Colourinspires both the home dyer and textile professional seeking to extend their skills using India's successful methods.

Author Biography

India Flint is a designer, artist, writer and sheep farmer. Her work has been greatly influenced by her extensive travels—from Melbourne to rural Austria to Montreal. She is known for the development of the highly distinctive eco-print, and ecologically sustainable plant-based printing process giving brilliant color to cloth. Flint has been working with plant dyes for more than 20 years and she has artwork in a myriad of collections and museums in Australia, Latvia, and Germany. She produces and sporadically exhibits a range of hand-worked salvage clothing under the label ‘prophet of bloom’, as well as designing and making plant-dyed costumes for theater and dance. She currently lives in South Australia.

Table of Contents

What this book is for
Before You Begin
Natural Dyes - a context
Discovering dyes
Dyeing and cooking: some links
The true cost of synthetic dyes
A renewable color palette
Collecting Plants - a protocol
Backyards and gardens
What's in a name?
Garbage and windfalls
The Workspace
Equipment and a place to work
Storing samples
On the Road
Harvesting and storing plants for dyeing
Safe practices
Natural Dyestuffs
Some traditional dye materials
The edible dye garden
Preparing, Processing and Applying Dyes
Preparing to dye
Treating the fiber before dyeing
Animal Fibers
Plant fibers
Looking for alternatives
Method of mordant assessment
Processing plant dyes
Dye application processes
Some curiosities to be derived from sequential extractions
Some Special Dyeplant Groups
Eucalyptus dyes
Beyond the eucalyptus
Ice-flower dyes
Plants to try
Fruits and berries
Special Effects
Cold-bundled eco-prints
Fixing the color
What next?
Non-eucalyptus eco-prints using hot-bundling
Hapa-zome - beating color into cloth
Dyeing wool yarn and silver
Basic procedure
Dyeing multicolored yarns and silver in a microwave oven
Multicolored yarns using scrap metals and plant dyes
Multicolored yarns
Printing with plant dyes
Using shibori techniques and layered dyeing
Hexagonal or honeycomb patterns
Tartan patterns
Checkerboard patterns
Multicolored fabrics
Block printing
Batik - wax resist
Solar Dyeing
Mud and cow patties
Cow patties
Some Other Considerations
The importance of water
The importance of time
Caring for cloth
Cotton, linen, ramie and hemp
Disposal of wastes
Vegetable matter
Further reading
About the Author
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