Perhaps the first thing one realizes as one talks to Chris is that she is ENTHUSIASTIC (with a capital E!!) Her passion for her craft is so motivating and I'm happy to announce that she has now finished her latest book - A Garden to Dye For: How to Use Plants from the Garden to Create Natural Colors for Fabrics and Fibers - and it has just been released by St Lynn's Press. Go Chris go!!
|Some of Chris' natural dye scarves!|
|The skin of onions, including these heirloom|
red onions make vibrant natural dyes.
Perhaps my favourite sections were those that detailed the plants. Chris offers a brief intro on each plant (including dozens of perennials, fruits & veggies, herbs, and trees & shrubs), followed by advice on planting and growing them. Finally, she shares information on how to obtain the colours from these plants for dyes. (What? My deadheaded marigolds could be transformed into bright hues for scarves, tablecloths and more?)
And I can't say that I wasn't warned.. (and I certainly don't need another garden obsession) but in the first chapter of the book, Chris does start off by apologizing for getting the reader hooked! "Fair warning, though: once you start dyeing, it's surprisingly hard to stop. Forever after, you'll be looking at everything around you in one of two ways. The next plant you lay eyes on, one of your first thoughts will be "Hmmm… can I get colour out of that?" Anytime you see a fabric or fiber, you'll think, "I wonder if that will take colour?"
| "I consider myself the gateway drug to a healthy plant|
addiction." Chris McLaughlin
FYI - For my US friends, check out Chris' website where she has a giveaway for a Natural Dye Starter Kit - here!