Natural Color: Vibrant Plant Dye Projects for Your Home and Wardrobe is an amazing book. Everything you’d want to know or wouldn’t’ have thought to ask is covered when it comes to dying with plants and nature. I feel this would be a good resource and project book to pick up whether you’re a total novice or one that’s already delved lightly or even deeply into the process. There’s something here for everyone.
This book isn’t in the least bit overwhelming. The author begins explaining living color and the art of plant dying before the chapters. You’ll learn all about hot water dying, cold water dying, all sorts of different types of fibers, gathering supplies for dying, foraging, and so forth. The chapters go in order by the season of the year. There’s Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. Each of the seasonal sections focuses on different types of dying. For example, Spring focuses on creating color from compost. Projects in this season take color from things like fig leaves avocados, mint, rose petals, and more!
The book is full of beautiful photography and so many wonderful projects. There’s dying dresses, pillow cases, table cloths, napkins, and of course you can dye whatever you please. I’m loving learned what colors comes from what plants. I can see my family having fun dying our chicken’s eggs this upcoming Easter using this book as a guide.
The instructions are easy to understand and everything you’ll need is mentioned. I’m personally excited to start dying my own yarn. Lots of places sell ready to dye yarn so this will be easy to come by and not so much overwhelming now that I have learned so much from this book! Simple to understand, detailed techniques, inspiring projects, and more! It comes in a nice hardcover format as well as in an ebook. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in dye taken directly from nature!
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.