Loving to sew means loving fabric. It seems no matter the hobby, the more I enjoy it, the more I want to take it back to its roots. I want to learn every aspect and create the all the materials myself. When I learned to knit it wasn't long before I was researching spinning wheels and contemplating alpaca ownership. Dyeing my own fabric has always seemed like an exciting and worthy adventure. But where does one start?
Natural Color by Sasha Duerr is the perfect book for beginners like me. I wish it was as simple as throwing some pretty, colorful things in a pot, but making and dyeing fabric is a bit of an art. The fiber maters and there is scouring and things called mordants. Basically I need somebody knowledgeable to tell me what to do and what to buy.
Sasha makes the process understandable and leaves the reader with so much inspiration. The book highlights the peak colors of each season-- rhubarb in the spring and blackberries in the summer. I really loved that this book gave options for anyone interested in natural dye. If your only option for foraging materials is your local grocery store, you can still do this. Save your onion skins and avocado pits because those are just waiting to be used as dye! With a few supplies available on Amazon and some kitchen scraps, you're in business. That type of accessibility is really exciting to me.
Sasha not only tells the reader how to dye but offers a wide range of project ideas. Each dye process has a project associated with it, but with any imagination you could switch these projects up very easily. She explores many techniques and methods. Her love for natural dye is evident and makes this inspiring book a pleasure to read!
I received this book in exchange for my honest review.