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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.
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|
|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|
|Equipment and a place to work|
|On the Road|
|Harvesting and storing plants for dyeing|
|Some traditional dye materials|
|The edible dye garden|
|Preparing, Processing and Applying Dyes|
|Preparing to dye|
|Treating the fiber before dyeing|
|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|
|Beyond the eucalyptus|
|Plants to try|
|Fruits and berries|
|Fixing the color|
|Non-eucalyptus eco-prints using hot-bundling|
|Hapa-zome - beating color into cloth|
|Dyeing wool yarn and silver|
|Dyeing multicolored yarns and silver in a microwave oven|
|Multicolored yarns using scrap metals and plant dyes|
|Printing with plant dyes|
|Using shibori techniques and layered dyeing|
|Hexagonal or honeycomb patterns|
|Batik - wax resist|
|Mud and cow patties|
|Some Other Considerations|
|The importance of water|
|The importance of time|
|Caring for cloth|
|Cotton, linen, ramie and hemp|
|Disposal of wastes|
|About the Author|
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