Any natural dyers out there?
I tried dyeing yarn with avocado pits for the first time last weekend and now I'm obsessed. It feels like magic! I kept it simple with a kitchen setup, virgin fishermen's wool, a dozen pits, no skins, and no mordant. The five-hour dye bath yielded a lovely dusty rose. Next time, I'd like to pull hourly swatches to track how the color progresses and add an iron after-bath. And then there are so many other dyestuffs I'd like to try (onion skins, marigold, indigo...) and on cotton and linen, too.
Anyone have favorite projects? Favorite dyestuffs? Resources, tips, and tricks? I'm reading Kristine Vejar's The Modern Natural Dyer now and would love to hear from you, too!
Before (left) and after (right)
Playing keep-away with the dog