Book Review: Natural Color

Natural Color
Vibrant Plant Dye Projects for your Home and Wardrobe
By Sasha Duerr

Liven up a set of pillowcases with the dappled pinks and purples of avocado pits, bring a wool scarf to life with the brilliant red of madder root, and create a unique radial pattern on a leather bag using ancient Japanese techniques and dye made from purple plum branch. The potential for discovering amazing color surrounds us every day - from inky blues to neon chartreuses, and everything in between. But usually these hues are hidden inside the stem of an Oxalis flower, or buried deep within a pinecone. Structured by season, Natural Color unearths the full spectrum of plant dyes available, unlocking nature's vibrant color library. Using sustainable methods and artisanal techniques, designer, artist, and professor Sasha Duerr provides achievable projects and recipes that apply these limitless color possibilities to your home and wardrobe. With recipes to dye everything from dresses and sweaters to rugs and napkins, Natural Color will inspire savvy fashionistas, home decorators, and everyone else who wants to bring more color into their life, whether a beginning or seasoned dyer. 

My Thoughts: When it comes to doing things yourself, or as it's commonly known DIYing I'm always up for it. So when I saw this book I was super interested to see what it was all about since I've looked into dying fabrics before. Throughout there really are fun dying projects as well as plenty of instruction on making your own dyes from natural and easy to find things. I'm especially interested in dying leather with plum branch. If you like Happy Handmade Home or my DIY projects like making a scrap rug you'll love Natural Color. 

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