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picture by Adam Goodwin

Second Edition ISBN:    9780954440107

Jill Goodwin, a spinner and dyer for over fifty years and well respected for her knowledge of dyeplants 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 temperatures and talked to whoever showed an interest until she came up with some practical methods.  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 reference for those wishing to know which plants to try with which mordant.  Also there is considerable information about historical and worldwide dyeplants and dyeing methods.