Dyeing with Avocado Skins Part 2

My next step was to use the avocado skins for dyeing.  Again, the instructions varied.  Some said to tear the skins, others use whole.  I went with using the whole skins.

I used approximately the same amount of wool, thick and thin yarn, silk habatoi, silk gauze and cotton voile.  What I did differently this time was to put everything in before it was heated.  I felt this would save some time waiting to put in the wool after cooling. I’m not sure this changed the outcome.

I let the pot come to a boil,  left it to simmer for almost an hour.  Then let it sit overnight to cool.

The results were interesting and different from the pits.  The color was like a latte for the wool and silk.  The cotton was a very pale pink.

20160123_114840 20160123_115531 20160124_115819 But I couldn’t stop there.  I had saved the dye pot from  the pits and used half and half with the skins and pits.  I also presoaked the wool, silk and cotton in an alum mordant for several hours.

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Again, I added the fabrics and wool before heating, heated to boiling then simmered for almost an hour and left it all sit overnight.  I wondered if the colors would be brighter and more intense with the addition of the alum.

Here are the results:

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The result a little more coppery except for the cotton.

Now here they are next to each other.  From left to right – pits, skins, pits and skins with alum.

20160125_113312I thought it was interesting that the silk gauze was the deepest color in the mixed batch.

They are all lovely colors. Now to figure what to do with them.  And yes, I’ll continue to save my avocados.

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27 Responses to Dyeing with Avocado Skins Part 2

  1. MCH says:

    Lovely colours love the soft rose and the deeper rose colours the best.

    I probably missed it but how many skins to water?

    Just to pass on info, on Facebook there is a eco dyeing group. They seem to lay leaves petals on fabric, then they roll up and bind up the fabric and boil in mordant (or maybe fabric is soaked in mordant first) for several hours or steamed.Saw one lady used a bamboo steamer.

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks MCH! If I remember correctly, there were probably about eight skins (16) halves.

      I tried Eco dying without success, but I’ll probably try it again. The instructions I followed had the silk soaked in mordant first, then heated. Thanks for the tip on the FB group.

    • MCH says:

      Hi Marilyn the Facebook group is called Eco-dying Creating Learning, the title says it all, it’s a public group and they are very active. Good luck.

  2. nvukadinovic@gmail.com says:

    You got some lovely colours, Marilyn. I cannot decide which one is the nicest. I love the colour you got from skins. How many skins did you use per litre of water? Did you also mordant the fibres/fabrics before putting into the dye?

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Nada! I used about eight avacados skins in approximately 2 gallons of water. (9 litres)?

      The last batch I used alum as a mordant. See explanation above the last picture. I soaked the fabric and wool in the mordant for about 20 minutes then added alum to the pot. I hope that makes sense.

  3. Lyn says:

    Lovely colours Marilyn – and yes, I was surprised with result considering how different the stones are in colour to the skins.

  4. koffipot says:

    Great results Marilyn. 🙂

  5. Marian Mills says:

    Some really gorgeous colours there and a very interesting experiment – I wonder if it is repeatable as in, if you used the same quantities you would always get the same colours?

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Marion! I would imagine the results would be similar in the same quantities of a avacados, silk and wool. Unless the water ph or some other factor such as the origin of the avacados would make a difference. But from the pictures I’ve seen the colors are fairly similar.

  6. zedster66 says:

    You got some great results, Marilyn, I really like the mordanted ones. I think I know what Teri Berry will say about that second photo 🙂

  7. luvswool says:

    All of the colors you achieved by dyeing avocado skins look good and very natural, so I am starting to save my skins and pits! What is your finishing process, Marilyn, and have you determined the avocado dyes to be colorfast?

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Cathy! As far as finishing, I just rinsed the fabric and wool and let them dry. I have no idea how colorfast it will be. There wasn’t a lot of washout though. We’ll find out when I use them in felting.

  8. ruthlane says:

    Great post Marilyn. Thanks for showing the results all together. It’s easier to see the differences. All of those colors could be used together for something and they would look good together.

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Ruth! It was my plan to use them together. I just don’t know for what yet. 🙂

  9. 1marylou says:

    An interesting experiment with wonderful results. Thanks for posting.

  10. zararooke says:

    Very nice shades of pink and brown, and really interesting to see the difference in colour between wool, silk and cotton, and between using pits or skins. Very scientifically executed experiment. I need to start saving avocado pits and skins too. 😉

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Zara! It was fun to experiment and be surprised at the differences. I’m sure it would be a fun project to do with the girls, too!

  11. Great results Marilyn. They will all look wonderful together in a project. It’s nice to be able to use something you have been throwing out instead of having to buy stuff.

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  13. Awesome! Thanks, I love it! I’m going to experiment as well.

    • I have a suggestion how you can use small pieces of pretty fabric. You can make little flowers to tie onto the hair combs. That’s what I’m doing right now. I get really creative. I cut long squares and circular triangles (with a wide end at the bottom of the triangle, so when you gather it, they look like oval petals) out of pretty fabrics that look good together, then hand sew the petals together with a top fabric and a bottom fabric, then turn them inside out and stitch an edge around (you can even use metallic thread gold silver pink etc), then scrunch the bottom part together, put the petals together to look like a flower, then sew some spaghetti-strap ties on them, because when the hair comb breaks, because I use them a lot, then I just untie the straps and tie them onto another comb. You sew into the flower some soft feather, or some little piece of fur, you can add some jewels/crystal/beads/sequins, you can cut thin strips of real or faux leather as ties, oh you can do so much with just some pretty little pieces of beautiful fabrics. Just experiment, and when you find a style you like best, then you have a template.

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Blissy Blithe! Good luck! Experimenting is fun. Great suggestions. I’d love to see your creations. You can join our forum and post pics there and let us know how your dyeing went.
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