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CraftSanity Podcast Episode #130: A conversation with ‘A Garden to Dye For’ author, Chris McLaughlin

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ZZ3AF9404AHello, hello! After a bit of a hiatus, I’m back recording podcast interviews with artists and crafters. On episode #130, I’ll introduce you to California garden writer and fiber enthusiast Chris McLaughlin.

A long-time gardener, Chris loves to extract color from her plants and recently wrote a book about it so others can swan dive into the wonderful world of natural dying, too.

ZZ36A2E95AIn her new book, “A Garden to Dye For: How to Use Plants from the Garden to Create Natural Colors for Fabrics and Fibers,” ($17.95, 142 pages) Chris profiles 50 plants to grow and harvest to dye fabric, yarn and Easter eggs and create a palette of natural watercolor paints. The book also includes directions for making eco-print scarves, too. 

I just got serious about natural dyes last summer. So far, I’ve tried pokeberries, sumac, avocado, walnut, onion skins, rudbeckia (black-eyed Susan) and goldenrod. Once I get around to planting some Japanese indigo in my yard, I’ll finally be be able to dye my fiber and fabrics blue. That will be fun!

So, pour yourself some tea, grab your latest project and settle in to listen to a fun chat with Chris. Then leave a comment below about your natural dyeing adventures. I’d love to hear about your experiments. You can find out more about the book here. And you can read the column I wrote about Chris on MLive.com.

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Comment from Bryant
Time: June 7, 2014, 11:51 pm

That should be a very good book, I must read it.

Comment from KathyC
Time: June 9, 2014, 12:55 pm

Welcome back! CraftSanity started my podcast addiction and I was very pleasantly surprised to see a new episode. I enjoyed the interview and will check out the book. I have taken classes where we dyed fiber but haven’t yet done any on my own.

Comment from Mende
Time: June 9, 2014, 1:53 pm

Hurray! I was so excited to see you posted a new podcast episode. I too began my podcast listening with craft sanity. I am beginning to learn about fiber processing and am hoping to get into spinning and dying and was super excited to see this is the topic of the podcast. thanks Jennifer!

Comment from jennifer
Time: June 10, 2014, 11:27 am

Thank you KathyC and Mende. It’s good to be back. I missed you guys!
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Comment from Claudia
Time: June 12, 2014, 5:04 pm

Great interview. Now I want to be best friends with Chris McLaughlin – hah! She had such a great sense of humour, and I think your interview really encouraged that. I also listened to the post-show (why stop?) and appreciate the striving for balance – I write, craft, teach, and engage in a number of different sports, and when I can’t give one area attention, I sometimes feel like a failure; however, I’ve learned that just because you’re not actively engaging in an interest doesn’t mean it’s not a genuine interest anymore. Finally, I don’t let my students have computers in the classroom – radical, I know. But I tell them that their screens mediate the space between us; plus, if they want me to shop on ebay, answer email, and surf the ‘net while grading their papers, well…

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Time: June 14, 2014, 10:59 am

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Comment from Allison Rosen
Time: June 18, 2014, 11:31 am

you’re back you’re back you’re back!!!!! This is the best news I have heard in a long time.

Comment from Julie
Time: June 23, 2014, 9:33 am

I’m glad you are back! I love to listen to you and your guests.

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