ISBN - 9780954440107
Jill Goodwin, a
spinner and dyer for over fifty years and well respected for her knowledge
of dye plants and her work with woad, published A Dyer’s Manual in 1982.
For many years she
had experimented with plants from the garden and farm hedgerows, but good
blues had been elusive. She began growing woad in 1962 but could not find
a domestic recipe for extracting the colour. Before the easy age of
internet enquiry she checked references in old books, tried with different
mordants and temperatures, talked to whoever showed an interest until she
came up with some recipes. This ethos of trial and error experimentation
is encouraged throughout the book.
Her passion for
plants is very evident as the chart and lists at the back of the book are
extensive and a helpful quick reference for those wishing to know which
plants to try and with which mordant. Also there is considerable
information about historical and worldwide dyeplants and dyeing methods.
Contents include –
Fibres, mordants, test dyeing, indigo, woad, weld, madder, lichens,
ancient dyes, dyeing with weeds, dyes from the garden, dyeing in schools,
and using dyed fibres.
Dye samples by Jenny
New Lodge, Southfield,
Hessle, East Yorkshire, HU13 OEX. England
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