This book, extensively illustrated by gorgeous color photographs, covers all parts of the natural dye process: from gathering the plants, setting up the dye baths, and tweaking the recipes to achieve various results. The book is organized first with an introduction to natural dyeing and an explanation of the tools, materials needed, and basic rules for gathering plant material on public or private land. The second section explains the basic recipes that are the foundation of the dyeing process. The next and largest portion of the book covers 36 different dye plants, organized by the season of harvest. Each plant is accompanied by photos of the plant and a sample of yarn dyed with it, a map of where in the U. S. it can be found, and text detailing the harvesting and recipe variations.
As one person who saw the book in the store exclaimed, "It makes you want to do this!"
Softcover, 180 pages