Book: The Handbook of Natural Dyes

by kath_red on 03/04/2011

in Books, Green Crafting

This book could not have arrived on my doorstep at a better time. Just when I am beginning to experiment and discover a love for dyeing naturally (oh did I just say that?). This book The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes: Personalize Your Craft with Organic Colors from Acorns, Blackberries, Coffee, and Other Everyday Ingredients. By Sasha Duerr (Timber Press January 2011), is a treasure trove of natural dyeing tips and advice and practical recipes!

From intense blues to soft grey, these gorgeous colours are all harvested by your garden or the farmers market – what could be more natural – so if you are interested in naturally crafting, or slow crafting then experimenting with natural dyes is for you. I found this interview with Sasha I love the terms slow fashion and soil to studio I also love that Sasha is re-connecting with the environment and with the traditional crafts – helping to revive plant dye knowledge. Sasha says When you work with organic botanical color sources, you are literally working with living color – I love that! Naturally dyeing is so accessible Sasha also says “if you can cook, you can dye”.

More about the book here and the author here.

Part of a week of natural crafting and lifestyle books here at

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1 Siobhan April 3, 2011 at 5:23 am

Oh I love Vegie Dyes! beautiful colours


2 Deb April 9, 2011 at 3:30 pm

WOW, actually, your blog post couldn’t have come at a better time for me either. Last weekend I did my first dyeing with Procion dyes and thought, “well, I used to dye the reed for my basket weaving business with NATURAL dyes, where are all of my natural dye books?!” I still haven’t located the books, they are buried in a box somewhere, but I’m headed in that direction!


3 angelina April 17, 2011 at 8:35 pm

wow. i could have written that book!! i must get on the ball of things??! :)


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