My Dye Spot 2014

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Here is where I have tried to organize my natural dye stuff. My sweet DH is so understanding,

This used to be the office as you can tell by the real wood blinds and Ralph Lauren paper on

the walls. The Oriental rug has been taken to storage leaving the concrete floor.

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Old Patron liquor bottles make wonderful dye extraction jugs. These were put together

this morning with acorns, the one on the left with ammonia and the right with alcohol.

I love that the extraction was almost instantaneous and you can see the dye coming off the nuts.

I lichen it

This is a tray of lichen we gathered on our walk the other day. After it is dry, I will crush it to extract the dye.

The color will depend a lot on the mordant I use.

I hope you enjoyed this little peek inside my  spot.  We have our eyes open for an old kitchen sink and cabinet to make a wet area.

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4 thoughts on “My Dye Spot 2014

  1. You might want to consider an old commercial stainless steel sink for your dye area. I bought an old one a few years ago from a restaurant supply store that carried used as well as new items. I paid $150 for it, and it was the best investment ever. It was great to see your dye area. Have fun!

  2. Is that a jelly strainer rack on your table? What a great re-use for that…I’d forgotten all about those. You inspire me now to get into the basement storage and dig out these great old tools. Thanks Janice.

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