Wild Color by Jenny Dean
Without a doubt, Wild Color is my most trusted go-to resource on natural dyeing! Not only does it contain a wealth of information on different methods of dyeing, but it has 71 pages of plant-specific information, including growing, harvesting and dyeing techniques. For those visual learners out there, there are pictures of each plant, plus a colour code along the sides of each page to give you an idea of the range of colour potential.
Wild Color is really comprehensive, and great for beginners and experienced dyers alike. Personally, I would not be without it!
From the back:
A practical and inspiring guide to creating and using natural dyes from plants, Wild Color, Revised and Updated Edition, offers the latest information on current environmentally friendly dyeing techniques and more than 65 species of plants and natural dyestuffs.
This comprehensive book outlines all the necessary equipment, how to select fibers and plant parts, choose the right methods for mordanting and dyeing, test color modifiers and the fastness of dyed colors, and obtain a range of gorgeous colors from every plant, from alter to woad, shown in more than 250 swatches.
Wild Color, Revised and Updated Edition, is the all-in-one resource for fiber enthusiasts, including knitters, sewers, and weavers; gardeners who are interested in new uses for traditional dye plants; and eco-conscious DIYers who want authoritative information about the natural dyeing process and the plants that are essential to it.