Friday, May 13, 2011

One More Try - Harvesting Color Giveaway

Hi Knitters,
I am so disappointed right now in Blogger (the host site of this blog). After I posted an extensive review of Harvesting Color, Blogger went down. There were around 50 comments/entries to win a copy of the book.

I also had a review of two important events coming up within the next week or so.

This afternoon Blogger began working again. The entire post has vanished including all of the comments to win the book. So...... here I am again with no time to rewrite the entire post from yesterday.

Quickly then, tomorrow, May 14th, 2011, I am teaching a class at Stitcher's Crossing in Madison (it's on Mineral Point Rd.) from 1-3pm. I am not sure but there were a few remaining spots about a week ago.

Or call Stitcher's Crossing to find out more at 608 232 1500!

After I teach on May 14th, 2011, I am having a drop-in book signing and trunk show for Spud & Chloƫ at the Farm from 3-4pm at Stitcher's Crossing!

Next on the schedule is for May 20-22nd, 2011, I am going to be at the Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival in Lexington. I am teaching a class on Saturday morning and I am having a book signing/trunk show on Saturday afternoon. I know that there were one or two spots left in my class as of late yesterday.

I hope to see you in Madison or Kentucky in the coming days.

Now to the beautiful book giveaway for Harvesting Color. I am in love with this book and the author, Rebecca Burgess' story. She is amazing not only for this wonderful book of natural dying but also for a year-long project she took on to only wear clothes that were made locally from seed to fabric.

Click here to read Rebecca's blog! This blog is wonderful and interesting and it has gorgeous photography.

Below the following photograph is a well-written review from Amazon. I could not describe or say it better.
This review is from: Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes (Paperback)
Rebecca Burgess' new book is an outgrowth of over a decade's worth of teaching natural plant dyeing and advocating for a more environmentally-friendly manner of creating our clothing. She worked on the book at the same time that she was 'living' the Fibershed Project, with the goal of only wearing clothing made from products within a 150-mile radius of her Marin County, California home for one year. The book contains information about unique California native plants, such as toyon and coffeeberry, and the dye colors that they produce, but it is far more than simply a California guide. It covers dye plants with a long history, such as indigo, and new methods to obtain stunning colors from plants such as pokeberry.

Each featured plant is discussed and accompanied by a photo of the entire plant, often within its native habitat. Information about time to gather, how to cultivate, and parts of the plant to use for dyeing fibers are included, along with generous photos of yarns dyed in the colors obtained from each plant, and a map of the United States highlighting where the particular plant can be found growing in the wild.

Burgess brings her high standard of environmental consciousness into the book, stressing the importance of the choices we make in what we use as both consumers and artists. She discusses mordants (substances used to 'fix', or keep the dye in the fiber or fabric for the long term), and only advocates using materials that are non-toxic, both while in use in the dye process and when the wastes are disposed. She also addresses the benefits of working to source your raw materials close to home, and how involvement with natural dyes can help you help grow a strong local economy.

All technical material is easy to access by the DIYer, the home craftsperson or the professional artist. The book is organized around what is available each of the four seasons, and includes an appropriate project to use your hand-dyed yarns as well.

Paige Green's photography lifts this book into the realm of fine art, with massive amounts of beautiful pictures that highlight the plants, capture the colors dyed with them, and also portray the sense of harmony that Burgess advocates will come from being more connected to local production of our clothing. This book will appeal to many who are already working with fiber arts, and will also attract those who garden, and seek to live in a greener manner.

Isn't that a clear and informative review? Wow.

There are many knitting patterns in the book for a blanket, a hat, arm warmers, a scarf amongst others. They are sweet simple patterns that show off the handspun and plant-dyed yarns. There are clear recipes, geographical locations of the plants used (there are plants from all over included), fiber information, and so much more. There is also plant staining like with flowers and leaves on fabrics, more like imprints that I'd really like to try as well.

Rebecca is completely inspiring to me. I treasure this book and definitely will put it to use this summer. There is a certain little someone around here who is obsessed with plants, nature and gardening so I know she will help me with some dying projects.
Look at this photo... I want to dive into that spectacular natural wool and stay awhile.

Please leave one comment on this post (please do not email me) to win a copy of Harvesting Color. Please leave your Ravelry ID or your email so I can get in touch to gather your mailing address if you win. I will select a winner in a couple of days.

best, susie