Hello friends! After a very successful workshop the other night, we thought we'd share our avocado dye recipe with y'all! We got the prettiest, rosiest pinks you ever did see! It's also really easy to set up this vat...AND you have to eat a few avocados in the process...WIN!
Step 1: Buy yourself some ripe avocados to eat! Since we were dyeing a large amount of fabric (roughly 10 scarves) we used about 20 pits for our vat. If you plan on dyeing a smaller amount of goods, we would suggest anywhere between 5-10 pits should be a good start! The more pits, the darker the color. (Don't forget to mordent whatever fabric you want to dye! We suggest Aluminum Acetate.)
Step 2: Separate the pits from the skins and throw them into a stainless steel pot and fill with water. Bring the water to a boil and then simmer and cover. We simmered ours for over 3 hours before we achieved the depth of color we were looking for. However, you should start seeing the water changing color anywhere from 20 min to 1 hour.
**you can certainly throw the skins into the vat as well, they will add color. We have not explored dyeing with skins yet and do not know the color they yield as dye ingredients on their own.
Step 3: Once you have a deep colored dye bath, turn the heat off and submerge your fabric in the vat. The longer your fabric is in the vat, the deeper the color you will get. We soaked our fabrics between an hour and 2 hours but we also had a VERY saturated dye bath. We would recommend soaking your fabrics in the vat overnight for best results. Take your goods out when you have the achieved color and you are finished!
Take it one step further: To add a bit of texture to our clothes, we opened up an indigo vat and played with multiple colors on our scarves! Try this with any other natural dye to achieve multiple tones!
Indigo and avocado is such a lovely combination!
But just avocado is just as stunning too!
We hope this post inspires you to open up some vats of your own! Happy dyeing!
With love, light, & beauty,
Posted on a Last Quarter Moon