I had great plans for the walnut dye, I managed to bottle some months ago; it was going to be:
Dried to a paste and used as henna,
De-wormer for the animals,
I was going to dye all my fleeces, that sit in bags waiting to be carded and spun.
But instead, I have done something simple and easy… The pleasing result of transforming bright pink yarn and a lemon coloured mohair shawl into an earthy tribute to the walnut tree!
Brown hippy juice, I have heard black walnut dye referred to, probably because of the earthy brown that it usually turns everything, although in this case, I got gold and dusky pink... it’s super powerful and during the process of filling my bottles with the liquid I extracted, my hands dyed a dark brown that stayed for weeks, as a reminder that gloves are sometimes useful.
It was all a simple process- boiling the husks after removing the kernel, then sieving into a bottle…
Later when I was ready to use, I placed the item in the dye water with a cap full of natural wool wash and boiled for 20 minutes, then left sit overnight.
I will be taken my beautiful browny pink yarn and knitting up another cowl, on our trip to Melbourne this week end.
See you when I get back.