eBook - 'Botanical Colour at your Fingertips' - Plant Dyeing/Natural Dyeing



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Would you like to start dyeing with plants? This eBook will show you how to extract dye from wild plants, garden herbs, kitchen waste, as well as fruit and vegetables that you can buy from the supermarket. Dye your own fabric, yarn and clothing whilst using soya milk to bind the colours. There is colour potential all around us just waiting to be unlocked!

In this 40+ page eBook, I share my own methods with you, step-by-step. The pages are bursting with photos of the dyeing process as well as photos of fabric and yarn samples from lots of different plants.

Perhaps you already dye with plants using conventional mordants such as alum and would like to try the more natural soya milk method for fixing colours? Maybe you are beginning your journey with plant dyeing now? Either way, there is something for you in my book.

The eBook covers the following (and much more):

- how to produce long-lasting colours on cellulose (plant) fibres such as cotton, linen & bamboo viscose.

- how and why to pretreat fabric & yarn in soya milk before dyeing.

- choosing plants that will give promising results in the dye pot.

- how to extract the most colour from plants and how to achieve dark colours on cellulose fibres.

- my methods for producing deep pinks from avocado skins and stones (pits/seeds).

- altering colours by changing the pH of dye.

- using iron or rust water to darken your dyed fabric/yarn and expand your palette of colours.

- painting patterns with iron water.

- testing fabric & yarn for colour fastness.

Plant fibres:

This book focuses on dyeing cellulose fibres, such as linen, cotton, hemp and bamboo viscose/rayon. I am vegan and do not use any animal protein fibres like wool or silk. Of course my dyeing methods can be applied to animal fibres, if you choose.

eBook format:

You will be able to download the PDF as soon as you have completed your purchase. The actual page size of the eBook is A4, with 175 dpi, and it displays well on the iPad (and other similar tablets). You can save it to iBooks on the iPad for quick access.

Copyright & usage:

If you purchase this eBook, it is for one licence for your own personal use. Do not share it with others or distribute it in any form. Feel free to use the information to dye textiles for sale, but please do not use my book as the basis for a workshop. I'm sure that you can appreciate how much work has gone into the research, photography and writing of this book. Thank you :)


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Lisa Taylor 14 Dec, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

Years and years ago I took part in a reenactment of colonial living in Sturbridge, MA. My class was natural dyes (over a campfire, in period dress!), and I loved it. But I forgot what we did. Rebecca's eBook brought it all back - but with so much more! Her ebook is very detailed, with instructions, beautiful illustrations, and recipes. A+ - and a HIGHLY recommend!

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Hayley Connor 16 Jul, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

I love this book! We wanted to naturally dye fabric with avocado pits to use as napkins at our wedding. We followed the steps in this book and were amazed at how easy it was and how beautiful the fabric is. We can't wait to experiment more. I need to try and find a hard copy of this book.

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RedMcLeggs 10 Aug, 2021

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful ebook, I have some experience with botanical dyeing with iron mordant but I'm so excited to start with soy milk.

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Blot Mani 18 Jan, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

I’m so happy that i found this book! I’m new to natural plant dyeing, and what was always on my mind when i did my searches was the mordants. Why use something that requires you to wear a mask whilst dying fabrics, when you want to dye organically right? This book helped me with ideas, tips and loads of information + natural mordants. Great book! Thank you so much.

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