The rich, complex blues, greens, purples, reds, teals, golds, and browns of Renaissance tapestries and oriental rugs all came from natural dyes, and so do the glorious hues in this book by Trudy Van Stralen. Using traditional dyestuffs, minimal mordants, and a creative approach to dye mixing, over dyeing, and pH modification, Trudy shows how to produce a stunning range of colors from just a few dyepots. Dozens of full-page photographs present a feast of color on fibers, yarns, and fabrics, along with instructions and recipes for reproducing them. More than 200 individual recipes! Trudy is one of the most respected natural dyers and teachers of the subject in North America. Over the past twenty years, she has dyed literally tons of fiber, and in doing so, has developed techniques, secrets, and shortcuts not previously published. Her Analytical but common-sense approach is equally appropriate for the beginner and the dye professional, and her environmentally aware use of mordants makes natural dyeing safe once again both for the dyer and for our earth!