In good weather I walk to my mailbox (1 mile circumference around the meadow) which takes me past black walnut trees. Within arms reach was able to grab 30 walnuts.
It doesn't really take that many to dye according to this recipe:
- Soak 5 hulls in water in container for couple days (I only soaked 1 day)
- Heat to a simmer for 1 hour (think I simmered mine longer)
- Put 1/2 yard wet wool in dye bath and simmer covered (I didn't measure mine but am sure it was more than half yard.
- Keep wool in pot long enough to achieve the desirable patina.
- Remove wool and gently wash with 1 teaspoon shampoo or mild detergent (no bleach).
- Hang to dry or dry in low temp dryer.
- If you still have color in the pot you can throw in more wool.
- Hulls can be removed, frozen and used again. But I throw them out and freeze the liquid instead.
These are my results. I have placed a small strip of the original wool on top of the dyed wool. Am planning on using some of these colors in my camp project and wanted the 'dirty' look.
And in all honesty, I didn't care for the original colors of all those wools; especially the blue/purple on bottom left. Don't think I've ever used that wool.
Happy wet Saturday, but at least the nor'easter wasn't a monster. Had some rain and a little wind but thank gawd no trees were toppled.