I’ve been saving pits and skins in freezer for my 1st attempt at dyeing with Avocado. Curiosity and longing for delicate pink & peachy colors pushed nervous me to commit my fibers to the dye pot. Here are the pretty results.
The Mystery is part of the Magic
I was not scientific in my approach; merely eager to get started. I brewed up pits and skins in one stainless steel pot, and pits-only in another. The pot with avocado shell-skin -and- pits gave more golden colors. But later wanted to add fabric & lace, so I poured the pits-only liquid into a large aluminum pot for more space. At that point, I got pinker colors, and wonder if it happened because the dye liquid was partially exhausted, or because the aluminum affected the color? I’ll have to try another day, being methodical and organized to better record results.
No mordant was added; I simply brewed clean pits and skins in water. Apparently avocado contains enough tannic acid to set the color.
I had put my frozen pits into a pot & poured boiling water over them hoping to loosen the brown papery skins, which it did. They came off easily, after which I chopped the naked pits. It’s like cutting though hard cheese. They rapidly oxidize to orange color once cut. BE SURE to contain the pieces – I used a small organza drawstring bag and the fine mesh made it easy to remove once the dye color was ready.
I notice that despite a hasty rinse before spinning the dyeing water out, all fibers have a faint crisp feeling. I’m going to soak them all in some no-rinse wool wash (Eucalan) and maybe add a touch of fabric softener or hair conditioner before I spin dry again.
AVOCADO DYEING was grand fun, and couldn’t be easier. Bonus: a tasty treat to fortify you before dyeing experiments begin. I hope you’ll try it and share your own results. Have fun!
And coming soon…. Onion skin dyeing! I adore the golden colors and am eager to continue the Plant Dye explorations.