Acorns & Oak Galls / part 2 – Natural Dye tales.

Out of the dye pot, the silk Noil dyed with Acorns and oak galls.  The colour was not as dark as I was hoping for, so I decided to over dye with Walnut.

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The walnut tree grows in the middle of a car park, not quite as picturesque as the English countryside.  I collected as many Walnuts as I could early one Sunday morning, when no cars were parked in the bays …. I’ve tried collecting them in the day but it’s quite hazardous,  one reason being the risk of setting off car alarms while grovelling underneath them for that allusive nut, and you get very weird looks!   You also have to beat the Squirrels, who are rather partial to a Walnut …..

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So in the dye pot walnuts and a rusty old horse shoe … just for luck.

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The colour is richer and not so rusty….

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It feels a bit special that this cloth has been dyed with Acorns Frome my favourite Oak tree.  Now  to decide what it should become. …..

 

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One thought on “Acorns & Oak Galls / part 2 – Natural Dye tales.

  1. Black walnuts grow prolifically here in Kentucky, USA. They fall along the roadsides at this time of year and on sidewalks in town. Smashed by passing cars they leave a dark purple/black stain.
    Wondering what you have used to ‘set’ the color. [I do know what was used years ago—eeeuuuuw!]

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