Thanks for the hint, Judy!! I tried avocado and got some amazing results. This isn’t my first discussion about avocado with Judy. A year ago, we attended a potluck and we were on the clean-up detail. I had heard about the dye possibilities of avocado I and wanted to try them out so I graciously offered to take the avocado pits home. Surprisingly, I got push back!! Judy had heard it too. I let her win 🙂 So, a year later, I finally try out the avocado!
And some mixed results. The best results were printing. I used a piece of fabric that I had been working with. It had honeysuckle/ backyard yellow. And indigo over dyed. I put on some print paste and dipped it into the avocado bath. The “bright” print paste (only alum) gave a strong reddish brown. The darker color comes from a ferrous/iron paste. The background resulted in a
slightly orange hue. Here’s a picture of the original fabric and how it looks with the avocado overdye. My first test used the skin and pit (stronger when I chopped up the pit) from one avocado. For this try, I used 4 avocados. And, added soda ash to increase the ph level.
I also did “shibori dip” into the avocado pot on a plain white fabric. Nice color and pattern, but light.
Volunteer for clean-up duty at a Superbowl party–you’re sure to score some avocados!! (Unless you go up against Judy!!)
My other test was red cabbage. At first the dye liquid and fabric was a lavender. So, I added soda ash. The water turned green and at first the fabric was yellow but when it dried it turned light brown.