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Harvesting Color

“Harvesting Color” by master Dyer Rebecca Burgess is a beautiful and well organized book which identifies 36 plants that will yield gorgeous natural shades and shows how easy it is to make the dyes. Pokeweed creates a vibrant magenta, while a range of soft lavender shades is created from elderberries; indigo yields a bright blue, and coyote brush creates stunning sunny yellows. 

“Gathering Color” explains where to find these plants in the wild (and for those that can be grown in your backyard, how to nurture them) and the best time and way to harvest them; maps show the range of each plant in the United States and Canada. For the dyeing itself, Burgess describes the simple equipment needed and provides a master dye recipe. The book is organized seasonally; and each section contains a knitting project using wools colored with dyes from plants harvested during that time of the year. A must-have for any natural dyer - whether an expert or a newbie!