A Heritage of Colour explores the techniques that can be used to create a wealth of colours from 50 plants, including many that have been in constant use as dyes for over 2000 years. Inspired by the colours on textile fragments from the Iron Age and by the achievements of early dyers, the author describes some of the dyes and methods of the past and considers how they can be adapted for use by today’s dyers. The book covers all the basics of natural dyeing and explains in detail how to experiment with local plants, wherever you may live, to produce a wide range of beautiful, rich colours on textile fibres. A Heritage of Colour also includes sections on dyeing with fungi, contact printing on cloth and dyeing multi-coloured fibres and fabrics. The emphasis throughout is on environmentally-friendly methods and on the thrill of personal discovery through practical experience.
Jenny Dean is a natural dyer, handspinner, knitter and general textile enthusiast. She lectures & leads workshops on natural dyeing and has authored of several books on the subject, including “The Craft of Natural Dyeing”, “Wild Colour” and “Colours from Nature”. She has been using natural dyes for over 30 years and loves to share her experiences.