My beautiful creative friend and I did a natural dying project at my house the other night.
I have let a pokeweed plant grow up in my front garden bed. It has felt like a gift; a spiritual reminder of my home. Pokeweed grows in Portland, but is more prevalent in Northern Michigan. So I was well pleased when this plant decided to grow in my front yard.
The other day when my friend was over she noted the bright magenta berries and thought they would make a good dye. So a few days later we were out there in the dark, harvesting the berries by flashlight. We then bundled them in cheesecloth and mushed them up in my biggest stainless steel pot. This was my second natural dying project. Both times my more experienced friends have taken the lead. Maybe someday soon I will be able to lead a dye, or do one on my own.
Check out what we got. She dyed yarn and I dyed felting wool. In the photos the wool is bundled in cheesecloth. The hanging fabric is cheesecloth as well.