Natural Dye – Avocado Pits

An index card on a white table. There is information for the first and second avocado pit dye baths written in black ink that is detailed on this web page. 

Beneath the first dye bath are 3 yarn samples and 2 fabric samples. The BFL yarn samples are a pinkish tan color. The cotton yarn is a very light pink. The muslin fabric sample is just off white pink. The linen fabric sample is a light pinkish tan color.

There are 3 yarn samples and 1 fabric sample stapled beneath the second dye bath information. The fabric sample is a light greyish pink. The cotton yarn is a similar color with less of a grey tone. The two BFL yarns are a grey mauve.

BFL Tweed Yarn – BFL Yarn – Cotton Yarn – Muslin Fabric – Linen Fabric

Linen/Rayon Fabric – Cotton Yarn – BFL Tweed Yarn – BFL Yarn

Natural Dye – Avocado Pits

(Note: I didn’t record the number of avocado pits, but there were enough to cover the bottom of my pot. My guess would be about 20 of varying sizes to result in the amount of dye produced.)

2/10/19 –

  • No mordant
  • 1st pot – about 70 deg C
  • Simmer pits for about 2 hours
  • Simmer samples for 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Let samples sit in dye water overnight
An index card on a white table. There is information for the third and fourth avocado pit dye baths written in black ink that is detailed on this web page. 

The third dye bath samples include 2 BFL yarns  in a dark brownish pink color and a cotton yarn in a light pink.

The fourth dye bath sample is a Merino yarn in a mid-tone pink with gold sparkle.

BFL Yarn – BFL Tweed Yarn – Cotton Yarn

Merino Yarn with Stellina (For Mom)

Natural Dye – Avocado Pits (card 2)

2/11/19 –

  • No mordant (pot #3)
  • Added 2.5 tsp baking soda (about a 9 on a pH test strip)
  • Simmer pits for 1 hour
  • Leave samples in dye overnight

2/12/19 –

  • No mordant (pot #4)
  • Simmer Merino/Stellina skein for 1 hour in 2/11/19 dye vat
  • Leave yarn in dye water overnight

2/10/19 –

  • No Mordant
  • 2nd pot – just under boiling
  • Simmer for 1 hour
  • Simmer samples for 1 hour
  • Let samples sit in dye water overnight

An index card on a white table. There is information for the fifth and sixth avocado pit dye baths written in black ink that is detailed on this web page. 

Beneath the fifth dye bath information is 2 pink BFL yarns 1 splotchy linen fabric sample.

In the center of the card is a greyish blue FL yarn sample that was previously dyed with black beans.

The sixth dye bath samples are two BFL yarns. The BFL yarn is a light salmony pink and the BFL tweed is a light grey mauve.

BFL Yarn – BFL Tweed Yarn – Linen Fabric – BFL Tweed Yarn + Black Bean cold dye

BFL Yarn – BFL Tweed Yarn

Natural Dye – Avocado Pits (card 3)

2/14/19 –

  • No mordant (pot #5)
  • Simmer samples for 1 hour with previous dye bath
  • Let dye bath sit overnight

2/16/19 –

  • No mordant (pot #6)
  • Simmer samples for 1 hour with previous dye bath
  • Let dye bath sit overnight
An index card on a white table. There is information for the 6b, seventh, and eighth avocado pit dye baths written in black ink that is detailed on this web page. 

The 6b BFL sample is a light pinkish beige color.

The seventh BFL tweed smaple is  ligth pink.

The eighth BFL sample is a light pink.

BFL Yarn

BFL Tweed Yarn

BFL Yarn

Natural Dye – Avocado Pits (card 4)

2/16/19 –

  • No mordant (pot #6b)
  • Add pits to previous dye and 2.5 tsp baking soda
  • Simmer for 2 hours
  • Simmer skein for 1 hour
  • Leave in dye overnight

2/17/19 –

  • No mordant (pot #7)
  • Simmer skin in original baking soda dye for 2 hours
  • Leave overnight

2/18/19 –

  • No mordant (pot #8)
  • Simmer skein in original baking soda dye for 1 hour
  • Leave overnight