Mary Frances Davidson

The Dye-Pot


A natural dyeing classic, Mary Frances Davidson provides thorough instruction specifically for coloring wool with plants and minerals. Starting with how to prepare the wool for taking color, covering mordants, and then opening up to recipes utilizing the wide variety of dye plants native to America (with the only exceptions being madder, cochineal, and indigo*, as they are sort of the world's natural dye standards). A quick key to color and glossary of terms are provided towards the end.

Soft cover.

Edition: 1970.

Condition: Beautifully well kept overall, with a couple of stickers on inside cover and one helpful handwritten note on text.

Measures ~6"x9". 27 pages.

*Among the indigo dyeing techniques are some that employ toxic compounds such as hydrosulphite. Though this is still a common chemical shortcut in indigo reduction, we advise against it and recommend engaging in non-toxic practices also outlined in this text.