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The Dyer's Garden [Paperback]

Rita Buchanan
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Jan. 23 2003
Touching on the history and nature of dye plants, this comprehensive guide walks readers through a garden season from design to planting to harvesting for the dyepot, discussing 18 dye plants in detail.

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Rita Buchanan is the author of Taylor's Master Guide to Landscaping.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dyer's Garden Jan. 14 2014
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As a spinner and dyer, I would prefer to use natural dyes from my garden, I was so pleased to find this lovely little book. My local book store said it was out of print. I was so pleased to be able to get it from Amazon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gardener/dyers handbook Oct. 22 2013
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For those dyers out there, of course there are many fine books on dyeing, but this is a great little one for the gardeners and the explorers and gatherers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, Easy Beautiful June 12 2012
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When I first got into dyeing I heard about this book. It wasn't until I bought it that I finally understood what all the hype is about.

The book is a simple, easy to understand guide of the different dye plants, how to grow them (the part I found really neat is that it tells you how much space each plant needs, and the way it's done is perfect for Square Foot Gardeners like myself) and when and how to harvest them.

In addition to all of this valuable information it shows you the colors that one can expect to get and using a bunch of different fibers and mordants.

If anyone is serious about starting a dye garden, then this book should be at the top of your list.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Beginner's Guide June 19 2011
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This book is good for beginners who want some basic information on getting started with natural dying. I found a limited colour palette for cotton fibres a little disappointing. This book is aimed at crafters who are more interested in dying wool than other fibres. The tips for choosing and planting different dye plants were very good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book around for plant dyes Sept. 14 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Rita gives CLEAR instructions on WHAT part of the plant to harvest for which color; which mordants and which fibers produce which colors; and what time of the year to harvest the plant. In addition, her color photos of the color outcome are neatly stacked along the right edge, enabling the reader to flip through the book to see the colors. There is also an appendix listing where the reader can get seeds for the plants in the book. Anyone interested in trying GOOD dye plants (almost any plant will give you at least tan) should have this small, well-written and beautifully illustrated book. Rita is one of the best.
72 of 73 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for re-enactors Oct. 26 1999
By Jennifer M. Morse - Published on Amazon.com
I particularly recommend this book as a visual source for historical re-enactors.
Too often there are descriptions of what dye-plants were used to color garments, but, no examples of what those colors would look like. This book provides clear, vivid color photos on a whole range of dye-plants grown during pre-medieval, medieval, Colonial, and later times. Additionally, it shows the same dye used on different fibers, sometimes with different mordants (fixers). Fiber samples include linen, wool, silk, and cotton.
I recommend this book to people interested in making clothing from "modern" material...it gives them the best opprotunity possible to try to find close color-matches. Alternately, it provides solid information to dye cloth by hand.
Also, the low price can't be beat!
51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific -- and "For Real" May 16 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Beautifully researched, solid data, and great color illustrations and presentation AND amazingly enough, her information is ACCURATE. No theoretical blather based on other references or wishful thinking. She has clearly tested, cross-checked, and validated all of her information first-hand. That in itself is remarkable, greatly appreciated, enormously valuable. Thank you Ms. Buchanan!
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Woad-you like to grow your own dye plants? Read on Jan. 2 2006
By Joanna Daneman - Published on Amazon.com
For those doing creative re-enactment (SCA, Renn faires), this is an essential reference for growing and using natural dye plants. The book includes plants to grow, plants NOT to grow (invasive species), and plants that pay off with dye materials in one season. The margins of the book are organized by color family, and there are lovely schematics on how to organize a dye-plant garden for production or for high-intensity cultivation with raised rows--or just a pretty border. There are some basics of plant dyeing, information on mordants (salts that change color or cause it to stick to fiber.) A small but potent book, probably a must for anyone doing authentic reproduction of antique fibers or for anyone who likes the idea of home-dyed fiber but with naturally-obtained materials. Great for home schooling. Highly recommended.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, well-organized guide to dye plants April 9 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This book focuses mainly on the home growing and use of dye plants. There is even a section devoted to the layout of the home dye garden. General mordanting and dye bath info is given at the beginning of the book. In the "Portfolio of Dye Plants" which follows, two pages are devoted to each dye plant. For each plant, 4-10 color photos illustrate the results obtained with various mordants on different fibers. The instructions for using different plants are not in traditional recipe form. Instead, Buchanan indicates how much plant material is generally required for a given amount of fiber ("flowers from 8 plants," etc). This fits in with Buchanan's emphasis on diversity of color over reproducibility, but it could be troublesome for users of purchased dyestuffs. In short, this book is nice to look at, easy to use, and appears to contain highly useful information for dyer/gardeners.
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