Thousands of natural materials can produce glorious color—the insect cochineal produces pink, maroon, and purple, and more than 500 species of plants produce indigo blue. Now, in The Modern Natural Dyer, expert Kristine Vejar shares the most user-friendly techniques for dyeing yarn, fabric, and finished goods at home with foraged and garden-raised dyestuffs as well as with convenient natural dye extracts. Demystifying the "magic," Vejar explains in explicit, easy-to-follow detail how to produce consistent, long-lasting color. With stunning photography of the dyes themselves, the dyeing process, and 20 projects for home and wardrobe (some to knit, some to sew, and some just a matter of submerging a finished piece in a prepared bath), The Modern Natural Dyer is a complete resource for aspiring and experienced dye artisans.
About the Author
Kristine Vejar and Adrienne Rodriguez own A Verb for Keeping Warm in Oakland, California, a retail textile store and natural dyeing studio. Kristine is the author of The Modern Natural Dyer, Abrams 2015.
“This book is an amazing resource for hand-dyeing using natural materials and crafting with the results. If you’ve never dyed before it will give you the bug, and if you’ve tried some dyeing projects in the past you will definitely want this book on your shelf for reference and inspiration.” — About.com (5 stars)
“Kristine’s book breaks down natural dyeing from both a scientific and creative perspective, making the process (which has always seemed intimidating to me) feel as approachable as it is beautiful. I love the projects in the book because, in addition to learning basic dye formulas and techniques, the DIY ideas are a nice balance of classic and contemporary. From cool, blousy shirts (that would look at home in any hip boutique) to table linens and pillows, The Modern Natural Dyer is a great way to dive into the world of dyeing.” — Design*Sponge
“The Modern Natural Dyer is a terrific primer for anyone new to the technique. Kristine walks you through the ins and outs of the process, from defining what scouring and mordanting mean to helping you learn how best to achieve desired colors.” — DIY Network
“Vejar’s lovely book is very sophisticated and detailed.” — Library Journal (starred review)