The Craft of Natural Dying by Jenny Dean v1  The Craft of Natural Dying by Jenny Dean v2

THE CRAFT OF NATURAL DYEING Published 1994 by Search Press, Kent, England. This book is now out of print.

Wild Colour by Jenny Dean v2  Wild Colour by Jenny Dean v1

WILD COLOUR First published 1999 by Mitchell Beazley, London, England & Watson-Guptill, New York, US. Revised edition published as above in 2010 & may be available from some of the suppliers listed under “My Favourite Websites”. Otherwise it should still be available via the Amazon website.

The UK revised edition of “Wild Colour” was re-issued in September 2018

Colours From Nature by Jenny Dean

COLOURS FROM NATURE – A DYER’S HANDBOOK Published 2007 by Jenny Dean   ISBN 978-0-9530835-2-7  Paperback Re-published 2009 by Search Press  ISBN 978-1-84448-468-3

Reprinted in 2017 (ISBN 978-0-9530835-2-7  Paperback) and available from D T Crafts, listed on the home page under “Useful Links”

2nd revised edition of “Colours from Nature” printed in 2018 and available from D T Crafts (, Blotz ( and Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft ( This edition has 11 extra full colour pages with numerous photographs & has been updated to represent my current natural dyeing practice. (ISBN 978-0-9530835-3-4)

Colour throughout, including colour sample swatches and some photographs. Colours from Nature is a practical handbook for dyers, containing full details of all aspects of applying natural dyes to animal and vegetable fibres, with emphasis on safe, environmentally-friendly methods. The introduction explains the various categories of natural dyes and gives an overview of the historically important dyes. The first half of the book covers the preparation and mordanting of fibres, dye bath preparation and the application of dye colour, with chapters on colour modifiers, testing for colour potential and light- and wash-fastness testing. The comprehensive recipe section, which forms the second half of the book, is arranged according to colour, with recipes for over 100 colours and numerous colour sample swatches. It gives instructions for using all the classic, traditional dyes, including madder, weld, indigo, fustic, logwood, brazilwood and the insect dyes cochineal and sticklac, and also for using more common plants, such as blackberry, rhubarb, oak and walnut. The section on blue dyes has recipes for 3 methods of preparing and using indigo and woad vats, plus useful information for solving some of the problems encountered when using indigo. Colours from Nature also includes details for creating some compound colours and for using natural dyes in extract form. The final chapter lists other useful plant sources of dye colour. Colours from Nature is a complete guide in itself and it is also an ideal companion book to The Craft of Natural Dyeing & Wild Colour. It contains information not included in my other books and many more recipes for specific colours on all fibres.


Reprinted 2021 by Jenny Dean, Sussex, England ISBN 978 0 9530835 4 1

A Heritage of Colour  differs from my other books in several respects. Firstly, it has a historical slant and one of my starting points was the report on the technical analysis of dyed textile fragments from the Iron Age site at Hallstatt in Austria. The results of this analysis inspired me to carry out a series of experiments which are described in the book. Another feature of this new book is its focus on the use of native and easily-grown or gathered plants. Over 50 plants are featured  and the dyeing methods used in the experiments can be used for any plants, not only those featured in the book. “A Heritage of Colour” also has sections on contact dyeing on fabric using plant materials, dyeing with frozen flowers and creating multi-coloured skeins and fabrics. In addition, there are sections on using lichen and fungi for dyeing. The book has over 250 colour photographs, including photos of dyed samples for each plant.

This book has been out of print but I have had it reprinted with a new cover and spiral binding for ease of use. It is available from the shop at Ditchling Museum, which also offers a mail order service.

It is also available from DTCrafts and Blotz (details above)

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