After a week or so of asking family & friends to save their skins & pits, we finally had enough plant matter to make our first batch of avocado dye (resulting from 7 large & 2 small avocados). After removing any last traces of pulp, the avocado skins were added to cold water & brought to the boil.
|Silk, wool & cotton fabrics ready for the dye pot|
"A mordant is a chemical binding agent that adheres well to both the fibres and the dye. The word comes from the Latin mordere, which means to bite."
|Within 15-20 minutes of boiling the skins the water began to show some colour|
The skins were boiled for over an hour before the pre-soaked fabric was added to the dye pot and allowed to boil for a further 70 minutes. The great thing about this pot of dye was that it didn't smell too badly - unlike onion skin dye! Bleugh!
Both the fabric and avocado matter were left to cool in the pot overnight making sure, as far as possible, that all of the fabric was covered by the dye water.
The following morning the fabric was rinsed twice in cold water before being allowed to dry outdoors. It was interesting to note that the mordanted and non-mordanted fabrics achieved very similar results, however, over time the non-mordanted fabric may prove to be less colourfast. Here are the results...
|A pale peachy-pink colour was achieved on a vintage hankie & child's vest|
|The colour range spans from peachy pink to pale toffee - like vintage silk stockings. Beautiful muted tones.|
|We're really pleased with the results. Definitely worth trying again. Now to get on with some making...|