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The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes: Personalize Your Craft with Organic Colors from Acorns, Blackberries, Coffee, and Other Everyday Ingredients

By Sasha Duerr

This attractive, user-friendly guide will delight many a do-it-yourselfer.


Buttery yellow from garden weeds or gorgeous garnet-red dye from flowers — achieving stunning colors for your fabric, yarn, and other natural materials is almost as easy as boiling water, with ingredients as close as your spice cabinet and as plentiful as fallen leaves on an autumn day. Through step-by-step instructions and color-saturated photographs, textile designer Sasha Duerr explains the basics of making and using natural plant dye, from gathering materials and making the dyes to simple ideas for how to use them.

Have a picnic on a sunny turmeric-yellow tablecloth, give a baby some adorable acorn-dipped booties, craft a set of stunning black-walnut pillows, or treat yourself to a little black(berry) dress. Experimenting with color has never been more tempting to try. Gentle, sustainable, garden-to-garment practices will inspire knitters, sewers, and fabric lovers of all stripes to transform fiber, textiles, and even pre-loved clothes into works of art — and to have a lot of fun in the process.

Media reviews

"With eye-catching line drawings, 190 color photos, and a 'plant palette' of sample plants and dye colors, this attractive, user-friendly guide will delight many a do-it-yourselfer."


"An absolute must-have for fashion and textile artists, designers, students, and educators."

Social Alterations

"Ideal for those who love the artful side of both gardening and crafting."

—Shannon Hysell, American Reference Books Annual

"An expertly written and beautifully photographed book."

—Anne McCollam, Oklahoman

"For anyone interested in exploring natural dyes, The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes is a must-have."


About the author

Sasha Duerr

Artist and designer Sasha Duerr works with organic dyes and fibers, focusing on creative reuse of materials. She founded the Permacouture Institute to encourage sustainable design and education in fashion and textiles and consults for the fashion and textile industries. She teaches at the California College of the Arts, where she earned an MFA in textiles, and has shown her work in the U.S. and abroad.

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