Friday, April 23, 2010
NATURAL DYEING IDEAS
Yesterday was EARTH DAY, which makes me think of natural dyes. No heavy metals and no chemical dyes that can hurt the environment.
While traveling in the southwest last winter, I read in the CHACO CANYON interpretive center that textiles have been found here that were dyed with juniper berry, which is really not a berry, but a seed cone. A few days later I found a juniper bough that I just had to bring back home to Oregon. We have juniper all over the eastern side of the state, but nothing like these! The berries are enormous! I don't know if they will make any difference in the dye process or color, compared to the juniper berries I could gather here, but I am going to try.