Do You Want To Know About Botanical Extract Dyes Please Read These Five Books Count:420 Date:9/1/2015 11:16:40 AM

Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color That Changed the World:In 1856, while trying to synthesize artificial quinine, 18-year-old chemistry student William Perkin instead produced a murky residue..."the solution of it resulted in a strangely beautiful color." Perkin had stumbled across the world's first aniline dye, a color that became known as mauve. Before Perkin's discovery all the dyes and paints were colored by roots, leaves, insects, or, in the case of purple, mollusks. As a result, colors were inconsistent and unpredictably strong, often fading or washing out. Perkin found a dye that would always produce a uniform shade--and he pointed the way to other synthetic colors, thus revolutionizing the world of both dyemaking and fashion.

Natural Dyes & Home Dyeing (by Rita J. Adrosko, paperback, Dover) Classic recipe book. Good general information, accessible to beginners. Some historical background, recipes arranged by color, especially good for cotton-dyeing.

Lichens for Vegetable Dyeing (by Eileen M. Bolton paperback R&R) Concise and accurate book, the classic source of information on the subject. By a self-educated English naturalist; with the author’s charming botanical paintings.

Art & Craft Of Natural Dyeing (by J. N. Liles, paperback, UTN) Traditional recipes for modern use—most complete book available. Brief history, procedures & precautions, mordanting & dyeing—for cotton, linen, wool & silk.

The Craft of Natural Dyeing (by Jenny Dean, paperback, SRC) An elegant introductory-level book. Vivid photos of dye plants, processes, and resulting colors. Text covers all the main topics, and gives step-by-step method for dyeing a skein of yarn. 64 pages.

The Dye Pot (by Mary Frances Davidson paperback MFD) Straight-ahead instructions and recipes. Preparation of wool, mordanting and dyeing with various materials. Useful notes and suggestions. .

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