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Natural Kitchen Dyes (Paperback)

Make Your Own Dyes from Fruit, Vegetables, Herbs and Tea, Plus 12 Eco-Friendly Craft Projects

Photographic Books Colour Books Arts and Crafts White Owl

By Alicia Hall
Imprint: White Owl
Series: Crafts
Pages: 152
Illustrations: 150 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781526793096
Published: 30th March 2022

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With Natural Kitchen Dyes you can explore the magical world of natural dyes, without the need of a garden full of dye plants. Our kitchens are a great source of natural dye colours, from vegetable peels that create blush pinks and peaches, fruit skins that make lemon yellows, a green dye sourced from carrot tops, dried spices and used tea bags to create vibrant yellows, rich terracottas and deep browns. Natural Kitchen Dyes takes you through the exciting process of creating these wonderful natural colours, dyeing fabric with the dyes and suggests ingenious ways to get your hands on some natural dye sources. Accompanying the natural dye recipes in the book are ten environmentally conscious projects, which have been created not only to show off the natural dyes beautifully, but to help eliminate waste. Several of the projects actually utilise waste that would otherwise be composted or recycled such as old clothes turned into bags and patchwork floor cushions, to dried pulses past their expiration date used to make a beaded necklace.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This book is beautiful !

I am so looking forward to trying out all of the new techniques and the book really goes into thorough detail about what dyes you can use from left over waste such as avocado stones or even onion skins.

The techniques that this book teach you can be used on most textiles including yarn, which will enable you to make some absolutely fabulous yarns or fabrics

I would highly recommend this book to any fiber artist.

NetGalley, Lily Wood

I have always been curious about using plants to create natural dyes. I was not aware of the science behind it, but it certainly makes sense. Alicia Hall has done due diligence and research I order to share with the public her findings. I love all the background and explanations. I could almost hear her next to me, quietly cheering me on, telling me that I too could do this. The photos are incredibly helpful, particularly as she starts discussing types of fabric and later modifiers. The projects provided at the end are a nice touch to provide a good starting place. I am excited to try this for myself soon. No special equipment is needed and helpful suggestions on where to find various plants are provided as well. I appreciate Alicia’s willingness to share her insights and experiences and I will happily recommend this others who are looking to try their own natural kitchen dyes.

NetGalley, Brandi Rawlins

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I have been natural or Eco dyeing for years, and always love it when I find a new book of dyeing. This one is very, very good, the information is excellent and to the point - easy to read and understand. As for the photographs, they are stunning. The chapters are divided into area of -Collection, Fabric, Tools, Soya Milk Color fast & Ph Sensitivity dyes, Dye basics, Dye Recipes, Ink and Printing, Modifiers and Other Dyes. There are also some projects at the end to use the dyed fabric for.
This is a great book for both beginners and experienced dyers. Dyeing is so much fun, the results always magic, and with natural dyes very friendly to people and envioroment
I recommend this book very strongly.

NetGalley, Leyla Johnson

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This is a very interesting book! I've never thought about making my own natural dyes and didn't realise the wonderful colours you could get from the most mundane things such as onion skin!

There are clear instructions, plenty of photos and 'recipes', if you want to try making your own dye using food scraps/ingredients then this is the perfect book to try it!

NetGalley, Saira Ahmad

About Alicia Hall

After discovering plant dyeing in a horticultural book while working as a gardener, Alicia drew on her education in fashion design to experiment with plant dyes and textiles, creating colourful dyes using the plants that grew in the gardens that she worked in. Since growing her passion into a thriving small business, Alicia now spends her time cooking up plant dyes and making textile products in her home studio in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside, where she lives with her husband and son.

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