Country Colours A Guide to Natural Dyeing in Nova Scotia by Carolyn Lock
This book is in like new/unread condition. Softcover - 69 pages - copyright 1981 - 7.5" x 10"
About this book:
Natural dyeing, the art of colouring fibres using dyes extracted by relatively simple means from materials found in nature, is one of the many skills of an ealier time that has been part of the modern craft revival. Natural dyeing is not only a useful companion to many other fibre crafts, it is in itself a fascinating and worthwhile study.
Because natural dyeing is such a rewarding pursuit, I hope this book will influence others to try this fine craft. It contains complete directions for dyeing wool with local plants and with a few of the exotic dyes and early mineral dyes as well. This is not a recipe book, however. It is more practical to know how to work with whatever plant material comes to hand than to feel restricted to those plants for which one has a recipe. With an understanding of the proportions and procedures, a limitless field for experiementing is open to you. The chart on pages 32-37 will be useful to Nova Scotia dyers in giving some idea of when specific plants are collectable.
There is a chapter on equipment and one to help you look at possible reasons for unsatisfactory results. Finally there is an annotated list of other commonly availalbe dye books, and a list of books useful in identifying Nova Scotia plants, which you may find helpful. The opening chapter contains some historical information on dyeing in Nova Scotia.
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