"fall dye...oh my.." Originally posted 10-28-13

"Fall Dye- Oh My"- Originally Posted on 10-28-13

To keep an accurate archive of our work after changing sites, this post has been copied from our original post at sewdowngoods.com from October 28, 2013. To find the original blog, click here.

It's fall, which means pumpkin beer, bonfires, and cold-weather beach trips...and... of course... foraging for natural dyestuffs?

We have only done small-scale, kitchen-size hand-dyeing before, just because we didn't have a large enough dye vat to cook 5 yards of fabric.  However, we were able to score a 100 quart stainless steel cook pot, and Mike welded a grate for our fire pit, so we set up an outdoor cooksite.

On the menu:  pokeberries (small batch), and black walnut hulls (large vat).

 

walnut before mordanting with iron.  I think next time we'll keep half unmordanted-  i really liked this camel color.

walnut before mordanting with iron.  I think next time we'll keep half unmordanted-  i really liked this camel color.

drying pokeberry

drying pokeberry

walnut, mordanted with iron.

walnut, mordanted with iron.