The Wild Dyer, by Abigail Booth

14 Aug
wild dyer by abigail booth

Four of 5 stars

This book is beautiful, but one I would recommend only to strict, devout hippie readers/dyers.

I am interested in learning to dye fabrics for some macramé projects I’m doing, and I live in the woods, so I thought this would be a great place to start as I have access to all sorts of plants, nuts and berries. There were a couple photos of vivid dyes, mostly using berries, but the dyes used in the project examples were very muted, and the process seemed too much work for the end result. The sample projects were not very interesting and they reminded me more of a 1970s craft book of sewing for beginners.

On the plus side, the photographs are beautiful, and I really loved how the book was sectioned into the seasons of the year. This makes it very easy to figure out what projects will work for you at any particular moment of the year.

That said, I do live in an area that attracts people who are very environmentally conscious and I’m familiar with their thinking and values. These people, the kind who are really willing to put in the work, would love this book. I did like the photos that showed the colors you could achieve with different materials, and I think if those muted colors are your aesthetic, then this book would be quite valuable when looking for new projects.

I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Although this book was not for me, I think it will have value for a different audience and it might be very fun to try some of these dyes with children after a nature walk.

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