Monday, October 28, 2019

Avocado Dyeing

Was determined to try avocado dyeing before leaving for rug camp and the results sure don't require a drum roll.   

I used 8 avocados and a few skins, perhaps more avocados would have produced a richer result.   The avocados were put in a mesh bag and hit them with a hammer, split in half to simmer more surfaces.
The avocados soaked over 3 days and simmered them several times over those 3 days.
Not wanting to spend anymore time on this lackluster project I drained the juice and simmered the half yard of wool.
Didn't know what to expect but having done black walnut dyeing before was thinking the avocados would produce something better than this.  Results on the left and white wool was used.
At least the wool is no longer a bright white and it will be easy enough to over-dye again.  When it became apparent this was going to be a disappointment figured tea or onion dyeing would have given more of what I was hoping for.

I still have a bunch of avocado pits and skins in my freezer should I ever try to use the whole bag instead of just 8 pits.  But that won't happen this week as I've got to start getting ready for camp.

Happy hooking.



  1. Oh that was a disappointment for you,, so much work but like you said still ok,,

  2. Hi Saundra,
    Guess you gave it a try and learned something new, but know it is a let down and hopefully, you can over dye it at a later time!
    Have a good week getting ready for your camp!
    Heart Hugs~
    Julie xo

  3. Last month Martha Stewart had a great article on dying with avocados I think she used just the pits for pink.

  4. The results look good in the picture, but sure not worth all that effort.
    Oh well, oh hell :)

  5. Hmmm never heard of using avocados. Looks like a lot of work though. Janice

  6. Funny! Every one seems to be dyeing with them,, following a few vlogs and they are dyeing with avocado, ,,, turns out so much darker than yrs,,,
    Must be using lots more,, and they do leave it overnite before adding wool,, they are dyeing yarns ,, on knitting vlogs!
    Funny,, I bought avocados this week,, to save them,, mmmmm
    Will let u know how it goes,, after my avocado ripen!!😊😊

  7. Sounds like lots of bother to me. But, then, I haven’t dyed anything in a longtime. At least you gave it a go.

  8. Thanks for sharing. I will pass on these but am going to try your black walnut dye.. have a bag of nuts in my garage. Maybe this weekend.


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