The Wild Dyer: A guide to natural dyes & the art of patchwork & stitch
In The Wild Dyer, Abigail Booth demystifies the 'magic' of natural dyeing and shows how to use the results to stunning effect in 15 exquisite patchwork and stitch projects, including a drawstring forager's bag, an apron, samplers, cushions and a reversible patchwork blanket. Focusing on how to grow or gather your own dyeing materials - from onion and avocado skins to chamomile and comfrey, nettles and acorns - as well as scouring, mordanting (using fixative) and setting up a dye vat, Abigail explains how to create effective dyes. And once you have them, how you can produce beautiful, contemporary textiles that can then be used to create projects that build on your skills.
Abigail Booth and her partner (Max Bainbridge hand-carves spoons, boards and bowls and is the author of The Urban Woodsman, Kyle Books 2016) set up Forest-and-Found together after graduating from Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2013. Based in a workshop in East London, they create products that celebrate craftsmanship and demonstrate their shared love of making and working with natural materials.