The Colours of Nature

The Colours of Nature



When we first started our journey in the natural dyeing world, it was through G-uld's Instagram feed that we got to know we could really get vibrant colors using natural element. It was, and still is, my go-to place to discover new plants to forage and try in my dye pots. A year ago G-uld's natural dyeing courses in English had to stop due to the pandemic. We then bought the Danish version of the book hoping we could learn more. It was, in fact, quite hard at times since neither of us speakes Danish, but delightful and our reference book every time we were in doubt. In our humble opinion, this is the ultimate book on plant and natural dyeing ever published. And now it is FINALLY available in English!


On top of the immense amount of information, the book is also beautifully designed and with stunning photography. The elegant black hard-cover adds to the magic, as this was the color required by students to create in order to become master dyers in the past. The book is a voyage through the fascinating history and world of natural dyes; inviting you to read, learn and dive into your own colorful adventures.


  • A short history of natural dyeing with plants in Nordic culture.

  • A beginner’s guide on how to get started with natural dyeing and collecting plants in nature.

  • An overview of colours and fibres suitable for natural dyeing.

  • Recipes for dyeing with fresh and dried plant material.

  • An overview of plant materials to collect in Nordic nature and which to buy such as madder root, cochineal and indigo.

  • A guide to preparing yarn and fabric for dyeing that lasts.

  • A guide to tools used in the various processes dyeing.

  • 8 recipes covering mordanting, dyeing with fresh and dried plants as well as historic dyes such as indigo, madder root and cochineal.



  • Title: The Colours of Nature
  • ISBN 978-87-998678-1-3
  • Release date: 15th October 2021
  • Author: Anne Støvlbæk Kjær and Louise Schelde Frederiksen
  • Publisher: G-uld I/S
  • Language: English
  • Format: 17 x 24 cm
  • Number of pages: 160
  • Printing house: Narayana Press, Denmark
  • Graphic design: Anne Støvlbæk Kjær
  • Editor & Translation: Hanne Kær Pedersen and Julia Billings
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