“Natural Color: Vibrant Plant Dye Projects for Your Home and Wardrobe,” by Sasha Duerr

I recently had the chance to read Natural Color: Vibrant Plant Dye Projects for Your Home and Wardrobe, by Sasha Duerr. This nonfiction book was published on August 23, 2016, by Watson-Guptill.

About this book (from the back cover):

A beautiful book of seasonal projects for using the brilliant spectrum of colors derived from plants to naturally dye your clothing and home textiles.

Organized by season, Natural Color is a beautifully photographed guide to the full range of plant dyes available, drawn from commonly found fruits, flowers, trees, and herbs, with accompanying projects. Using sustainable methods and artisanal techniques, designer, artist, and professor Sasha Duerr details achievable ways to apply these limitless color possibilties to your home and wardrobe. Whether you are new to dyeing or more practiced, Duerr’s clear and simple ingredients lists, step-by-step instructions, and detailed breakouts on techniques such as shibori, dip-dye, and block printing will ensure beautiful results. With recipes to dye everything from dresses and sweaters to rugs and napkins, Natural Color will inspire fashion enthusiasts, home decorators, textile lovers, and everyone else who wants to bring more color into their life.

Final Verdict:

I was interested in this book partially because I will be hosting an upcoming book club for my daughter based around Laura Ingalls Wilder’s book “Farmer Boy,” a book in which they use natural materials to dye cloth. In this book, Duerr is introducing current generations to those plant-based dying techniques that previous generations used. This book was perfect to show my daughter and her friends all the beautiful, vibrant colors that can be attained naturally! The book is divided into seasons, with absolutely beautiful, amazing photography. Here are some examples:

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You can find out more about author Sasha Duerr by visiting her website here.

 If you’d like to check out “Natural Color: Vibrant Plant Dye Projects for Your Home and Wardrobe,” it is currently on sale for $15.99 for the Kindle version. (Regularly $30.00.) If you prefer a hardcover copy, it’s currently on sale for $19.99. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.
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