Natural Dyeing With Plants by Franziska Ebner and Romana Hasenoehrl


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Introduction

Franziska Ebner and Romana Hasenoehrl take you on a detailed visual and texted based journey through the chapter and verse of the natural dyeing world. Prepare to rethink the items around you; from red cabbage to bark – what will you try to dye with?

About The Authors

Franziska Ebner is a Saltsburg based artist, with a defined focus on dyeing from natural resources. Through her website, we learn that Eco Dyeing and silk dyed jewellery are some of her specialities. Romana Hasenoehrl is lesser known for her artistry, maybe here she takes on the role as experienced author here, where as Ebner takes on the artistry knowledge. This combination makes for a strong duo.

Who Is This Book Aimed At?

You must have an interest in dyeing. Maybe you have only experienced results with bleach and chemical based dyes; if you wish to branch out, or become more nature friendly, this book is for you.

Content

The introductory contents sheet leaves us not knowing where to begin – it has content overload, which will either excite you or scare you!

Natural Dyeing with Plants: Glorious Colors from Roots, Leaves & Flowers
Natural Dyeing with Plants: Glorious Colors from Roots, Leaves & Flowers – Contents List

The beginning is a very good place to start:

Natural Dyeing with Plants: Glorious Colors from Roots, Leaves & Flowers - Colour variety image
The introduction showcases the beautiful results which can be achieved using natural methods

We were surprised, natural dyeing may bring to mind more bland, neutral results. This is a rainbow display!

Yet for those who have less experience, this may all seem overwhelming. The authors do not let anyone down, right from the opening pages of this book, everything even the fine details are brought to light. Visually we are able to glean insight into the dyers studio….

Natural Dyeing with Plants: Glorious Colors from Roots, Leaves & Flowers
For those new to dyeing, this section revealing what it is really like to set up a dyeing Natural Dyeing with Plants: Glorious Colors from Roots, Leaves & Flowers will be of particular interest
Natural Dyeing with Plants: Glorious Colors from Roots, Leaves & Flowers - dyeing tools
The tools required are illustrated, making us aware of what we will need to purchase

Most of the kit is fairly easy to purchase. Plus because this whole publication is nature inclined, no outlay is required for chemical substances which are often used in other dyeing methods.

Photography

We really appreciated the lay out of this book. Within each section, we come across key imagery where required, so that we can visually interpret what the writers are talking about:

Natural Dyeing with Plants: Glorious Colors from Roots, Leaves & Flowers - flowers used to dye
Flowers and the material dyed from them makes for a great shot

What Makes The Book Special?

The authors open our eyes to a world we may never have come across. It is so easy to visit shows and events and purchase all the chemical dye packs at ease. This book makes us stop and think – we have so much around us, yet before reading this publication we may have been uneducated as to its use. Now we know, the question is, will we have a go?

Natural Dyeing with Plants: Glorious Colors from Roots, Leaves & Flowers - dyeing with cabbage
Dyeing with cabbage, save those veggie offcuts from your Sunday roast!

Anything Wrong With The Book?

If the natural world leaves you cold or if you feel that the whole dyeing topic isn’t for you, do not purchase. This book is a dyeing bible of the natural kind, it really does cover so much and the step by step processes really help to make the techniques appear plausible and not out of our reach. Well done to the authors on that note!

Natural Dyeing with Plants: Glorious Colors from Roots, Leaves & Flowers - details throughout
The small details of dyeing are so important, it isn’t a case of sticking it in the pan and hoping for the best

Conclusion

Natural Dyeing With Plants by Franziska Ebner and Romana Hasenoehrl makes for a great gift if you have a nature / eco loving friend around. It also works as a tool to purchase for yourself, the serious textile artist will want to keep this on a shelf as a valuable go-to for many years to come. The methods are timeless, the forests and flowers depicted within will not go out of fashion anytime soon! So this makes for a worthwhile purchase.

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