Hi there,

Welcome! My name is Rebecca and I'm a botanical dyer, designer, maker, writer and publisher (based in the UK).

I've written a book called 'Botanical Colour at your Fingertips' which shows you how to dye fabric and yarn with plants.

I also independently publish a magazine called 'Plants Are Magic' - celebrating botanical creativity.

Dyeing with Avocado Skins

Dyeing with Avocado Skins

Avocados are probably my favourite food ever, so it hasn't been too much of a hardship to eat lots of avocados over the past few weeks! I saved the skins (and also the stones for future use) and stored them in the freezer.

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The fabric was mordanted in soya milk, left to cure for over a month. The avocado skins were soaked and heated in water and after 24 hours, the mush was squeezed through a muslin cloth to reveal a beautifully deep red dye.

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I used a 1:1 ratio of avocado skins to weight of fabric, but I could see that there was still a lot of dyeing potential in the dye bath so I dyed two more scarves afterwards.

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The fabrics left to right are bamboo silk, organic cotton and hemp/cotton jersey. I also dyed another cotton scarf that's not pictured. The markings are all created through various methods of tying and clipping to form resists.

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The fabric swatch on the top left was modified in iron water which produced a beautiful deep mauve colour.Β 

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I am currently carrying out lightfastness tests on the aldercone and avocado skin dye. The swatch at the bottom on the right is madder mordanted with aluminium acetate as a control.

Dyeing with Dandelions

Dyeing with Dandelions

Dyeing with Alder Cones

Dyeing with Alder Cones

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