Did you know that simmering avocado skins and pits in water for about an hour will render a dusty pink dye? I'm making all kinds of nerdy discoveries this week as I work on a term project for my Textiles class. I'll share the finished project with you next week, but in the mean time here are some pictures and a little bit about what I've learned so far...
Onion skins=a warm yellow dye. Hot tip, scrape them from bottom of the grocery store bin, because peeling a bunch of onions is no fun.
Waste not: Black beans render a blue-gray dye, and if you boil them in a clean pot, once you extract the liquid, you can use the beans for cooking. How's that for multi-tasking?
Making natural dye is only half the work. You must prepare the wool for dyeing by soaking it for hours, then simmering it in a pot with a mordant (like Alum and Cream of Tarter) to ensure it holds the dye. I'm going to be a pro when it comes to Easter Eggs this year.