The Weaver’s Garden book is a fantastic guide written by Rita Buchanan. Rita Buchanan is a botanist and lifelong gardener. She has written numerous award-winning books and contributes to gardening magazines.
In her book she describes how to grow plants for natural dyes and fibers. She introduces the reader to the history and uses of plant fibers, their properties and how to create a plant fiber garden, growing cotton and flax. She then explains natural dyeing and which dye plants to know and grow, i.e Indigo.
You will be introduced to soap plants for cleaning textiles. Which fragrant and insecticidal plants to grow to scent and protect textiles, and which plant materials can be used to make weaving tools. In the Chapter “Creating a Garden” the author describes the preparation and planning process to grow your own plants for natural dyes and fibers.
The book also features a resource section on public gardens to visit, gives names of suppliers of herbal products, suppliers of seeds and plants as well as suppliers of weaving products.
A Weaver’s Garden: Growing Plants for Natural Dyes and Fibers is an informative and well researched guide for all weavers, gardeners and everybody interested in natural dyes and fibers.