The squirrels in my area had to share their stash of acorns and black walnuts with me this winter. Believe me, what I collected for my fabric dyeing was miniscule compared to what I left behind for the wildlife. Here’s how my first attempts at natural dyes turned out:
The cottons didn’t take the dyes too well, some of the literature on natural dyes hints at that. The silk organza though, really soaked it up. I definitely want to try more silks in the future, and wool fabric as well. I have been peeling lichen off of my firewood, and I think I just about have enough to try a small batch of fabric. I have also been picking up fallen wild cherry branches, and have them soaking in water for a dye session soon. The wild cherry is supposed to yield pink tones. The lichen, I have no idea as to possible color, but I know that it can be used as a dye.