Botanical Dyes features recipes and tips on everything you need to know to make your own natural dyes. The process of turning plants into print enables reconnection with nature, is a creative outlet and develops a mindful sense of presence. It also promotes an awareness of sustainable practices and how to reduce our impact on the planet.
Extracting from and updating her book Botanical Inks, the author talks the home-crafter through everything from foraging for dyes, making mordants, creating an array of colours and then putting your new knowledge to the test through a collection of simple projects. With more than 15 dye recipes, clear step-by-step instructions, troubleshooting tips and explanations of what works and why, Botanical Dyes is the accessible handbook that modern makers everywhere have been waiting for.
Author Babs Behan is the founder of Botanical Inks – an artisan natural dye studio based in Devon. Her work ranges from natural dyeing for textiles, clothing and paper products, to surface application techniques, including Shibori tie-dyeing, bundle dyeing with flowers and block printing.