Natural Color sees dyeing using natural plant materials as a part of a bigger picture that includes slow food, natural-fiber fabrics, permaculture, and environmental sensitivity. The dye materials emphasized are those that are commonly found in food by-products, seasonal weeds, and everyday plants that we see but whose dye potential we may not recognize.
The book is organized into six sections. The first is an overview of the dyeing process. Then come four sections dedicated to the four seasons and the plants that are available during that period. Each season is explored with projects that pair a plant material with a yarn, fabric, or finished textile that needs a new look: avocado pits and pillowcases, oxalis and a little girl's dress, or hibiscus and a summer hat. The final section covers specific dye techniques.
Hardback, 263 pages