Organic Fiber Dyeing by Max Hamrick

Today I have the pleasure of reviewing for you a book that I will surely treasure for years to come. Organic Fiber Dyeing by Max Hamrick is a wonderful book that will please the scholar in you with it’s wealth of information as well as the artist.


Max brings to life the history of color through an in depth discussion of dyeing in colonial America, presented on page after page of glorious photography.

The author is no stranger when it comes to the process of dyeing with nature. He works at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Spinning, Weaving and Dyeing Shop. The book begins with an extensive yet easy to read history of dyeing in 18th century Virginia. There are a number of quotes and newspaper advertisements to back up the information.

He goes on to list the tools necessary to replicate the process, including some modern day amenities such as rubber gloves.

In the following chapter mordants and other dye additions are clearly listed with an easy to follow description.

And then come the recipes! Complete with details on each dye material. Each recipe includes information on adjusting the intensity and shade of the yarn along with brilliant examples of each.

But even with all it’s wealth of information, my favorite part of the book is most definitely the photos. Vivid pictures decorate every page with yarn, plant life and historically accurate costumes. This is a visually stunning book.


Although the opinions expressed here are my own, I can safely say that I highly recommend this book. It is a welcome addition to my library and I am certain to refer back to it time and time again. If I were to have any criticism at all it would be that the book is only available in a soft cover. I would love to see it produced in a hard cover edition.

Organic Fiber Dyeing by Max Hamrick is available through The American Quilter’s Society for the list price of $24.95

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3 Responses to Organic Fiber Dyeing by Max Hamrick

  1. Heather says:

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  2. Linda says:

    Excellent review if I did not already own this book I would have to purchase, it is truly a great book

  3. Judi says:

    Sounds like a wonderful resource, Dona! I’m looking forward to seeing it! and hopefully how the yarns are used to make items. Thanks for your book review!