Wednesday, August 22, 2018

natural dyes / black walnut leaves

The side benefit of dyeing with black walnut is the lovely brown fingernails you are left with if you don't wear gloves!

Leaves were chopped, boiled, and steeped.  I may have added a little vinegar to the pot.  The next morning I strained the leaves and added my fabric. After bringing the dye to a boil, I reduced the heat and let it simmer for an hour.  The colour wasn't the greatest, so I added some iron mordant.  Magically, the fabric turned brown. I did 4 samples of fabric.  The darkest was in the longest and was first in the pot.  The others were in for different lengths of time.  I am liking all of them!

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