Modern Natural Dyer, The


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Thousands of natural materials can produce glorious color—the insect cochineal produces pink, maroon, and purple, and more than 500 species of plants produce indigo blue. Now, in The Modern Natural Dyer, expert Kristine Vejar shares the most user-friendly techniques for dyeing yarn, fabric, and finished goods at home with foraged and garden-raised dyestuffs as well as with convenient natural dye extracts.

With stunning photography of the dyes themselves, the dyeing process, and 20 projects for home and wardrobe (some to knit, some to sew, and some just a matter of submerging a finished piece in a prepared bath), The Modern Natural Dyer is a complete resource for aspiring and experienced dye artisans. Projects include:

  • Mama’s Little Teacup Onesie
  • Field and Forest Dress
  • Firecracker Slip
  • Northwoods Hat
  • Wanderlust Bags
  • Sandstone Shawl
  • Berry Patch Necklace
  • Sock Hop! Cotton Socks
  • Alfresco Table Linens
  • Waves Bandana
  • Northern Lights Scarf
  • And more!

Demystifying the “magic,” Vejar explains in explicit, easy-to-follow detail how to produce consistent, long-lasting color. She writes, “The beauty of being a modern natural dyer is that there are so many types of dyes and dyeing available to you. There’s so much to explore, but you don’t need anything but curiosity to begin.”

If you want to add your own color to your next project, then you, too, want to be a modern dyer!


Cover: Hard
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.95 x 9.5 inches