Dyeing Wool with Avocados

Recently, I experimented with avocados, after reading what a wonderful colorfast dye they make.  I decided to share my experience with you here…

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First, of course, it helps to have a use for all those avocados… they have gone into some tasty recipes!  Step 1 is to take out the pits.  I kept the pits in one bag and put all the peels in the other.  I first experimented with the pits.  I have the skins started now, but that is a post for another day.

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I put all the pits into my crock pot and added some water.  I let them cook down a whole day on low, then turned it off for the night but left it out, covered, on the counter.  The following morning I turned it back on low and let it simmer another day.  This helps draw out more color.

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I put the wool into an alum mordant overnight to soak.  When it was time, I strained out the pits and put the avocado dye into my dyepot.  I added enough water to cover the fiber. Then I added in my fiber.

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For this experiment I used some Border Leicester.  I brought the heat up to 90 degrees, then added some vinegar, and let it simmer another hour, taking care not to let it get over 200 degrees.

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Lots of color!  But I didn’t stop there. I took it off the heat, and I let it sit, overnight, and all the next day, just to pick up as much color as possible.

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It looked like it was going to be pretty pale when I first took it out of the dye pot.  Then I put it into some ph balanced soap for a quick warm wash.

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After that, it was time for a rinse. Notice how the color had brightened!

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I then hung it to air dry and this is the final result.

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Who would have thought avocado pits could be so useful?  I am very happy with this color!  I have all the skins in the crockpot simmering right now, wondering what results I will get with those.  Also planning on trying the pits again with a copper mordant to see what color will result.  This is an amazingly enjoyable thing to do.  Looking forward to making something from this beautiful fiber!!

3 Comments Add yours

  1. I love avocados! Thank you so much for sharing this new use!

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  2. joshblakley says:

    That’s actually really cool! Nice work

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  3. britcrawl says:

    Wow! Who knew? Beautiful color.

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