Saturday, January 31, 2009

Natural dye books and a tartan

Here are a couple of books from my library, they are ones that had to come with me when we came to live in NZ 10 years ago. I just couldn't part with them. I have since seen Sarah Burnett's book here in a secondhand bookshop.
'Natural dyes - fast or fugitive' by Gill Dalby is a small but really useful little book. There is only one colour plate with her dye samples on in the back of the book. Her recipes work really well and are a great place to start for my own experiments. My copy is a reprint from 1989 (first printed in 1985).
I suspect this book is now out of print so if you ever see it secondhand, grab it quick, its a gem.
I bought Sarah Burnett's book in 1990 when it was newly published and I'd begun to play with natural dyeing. the photos are amazing and I use the indigo recipe from this book because it is so easy to use from the clear instructions and never fails. Probably also out of print now. Her knitted projects are really beautiful and inspirational.
Isn't she gorgeous?
It is such a lavish book, the colours are mouth watering and the models look like they really enjoyed being photographed. Many of the motifs would work well in the more fitted styles popular now, although I suspect that garments with more ease will come back into their own.


The O'Brien tartan fabric on the loom is a fabric Kate and I are creating for a waistcoat for our local bookbinder here in Oamaru. Kate spun the yarn from wool from her own sheep and we've dyed them using weld, onion skins, indigo and madder.

4 comments:

Jody said...

Beautiful...I luv tartan. I hope to learn weaving someday.

Doe said...

You'll love it Jody,just don't begin with tartan.

Jody said...

No I will leave the tartan to the more experienced weavers :)
May I send some excess snow to you?

Doe said...

Why not, it's been very hot weather recently and we don't get any in the winter (too close to the coast, you look like you've got plenty to spare.