The Wild Dyer

A guide to natural dyes & the art of patchwork & stitch

Price £16.99
ISBN 9780857833952
Format Hardback
Published 26 Oct 2017
Size 234 x 189 MM
Pages 160


‘By teaching you the foundations of natural dyeing, and guiding you through the simple stitch techniques, this book will allow you to dip in and out of projects while learing how to forage for and grow your own dye plants.’

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] hopes to share her excitement about the freedom of natural dyeing processes in her new book, The Wild Dyer, which follows the same course as Abigail's own journey - starting in the kitchen, before taking you outside to show you what you can forage and what you can grow yourself. Woven throughout are beautiful sewing projects; a foraging bag, a gardener's smock, a dyer's apron.' -- The Sunday Telegraph

'Take a journey with Abigail Booth as she teaches you the foundations of natural dyeing and guides you through simple steps to create unique projects. Unlock the key to colour with the section on des, finding sources in unusual places.' -- LandLove

'A practical guide to natural dyes, which explains all about different dyeing materials (from foraged plants to kitchen waste), and how to prepare and dye fabrics, plus fifteen step-by-step patchwork and stitch projects which use these natural dyes to stunning effect.' -- The Countryman

'Abigail Booth is an alchemist of sorts who conjures beautiful colours from unassuming objects (her work was featured in House & Garden in May 2016). In this book, she clearly outlines natural dye techniques and simple stitches. Coffee grounds, avocado stones, onion skins and nettles all harbour the potential to produce vividly coloured dyes. Follow her instructions to make a gardener's smock dyed with rudbeckia flowers or a pretty pink blanket from willow leaves and birch bark. Reading Abigail's book is like taking a pleasing step back in time.' -- House & Garden

Author Information

Abigail Booth and her partner (Max Bainbridge, 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.

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