Hickory Nuts Dye – Part 2

Dyeing with plant material is always such an adventure, especially when finding a new intriguing fruit or flower. I found these the other day on a walk in the woods and finally classified them as hickory nuts.

I chopped them up and put them in a pot of water to soak for 3 days


This is what the exhausted hickories and the dye liquor looked like after the soak


I had a pillow cover dyed with turmeric that I meant to stamp with antique fabric stamps dipped in discharge paste, but I thought it might look striking over dyed with hickory. The second piece is a square scarf that had been shibori tied with various techniques.


After I boiled up the dye and let it simmer for an hour, I added the two pieces, let it simmer for another hour, and then soak overnight. On the right, you can see what they looked like coming out of the dye bath


Now came the tedious part of untying and removing rubber bands and pebbles. A good rinse with mild organic detergent and a trip to the ironing board, and this was the result:



I love the way the came out. A very warm, golden, cinnamon brown. And I think it complements the turmeric yellow very well.

About these ads

~ by enchantedhue on August 14, 2013.

One Response to “Hickory Nuts Dye – Part 2”

  1. Specifically, they are hardshell hickory nuts and are delicious although, generally pretty small. The outer husk always splits into 4 pieces and the tan nut inside is what’s edible.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 245 other followers

%d bloggers like this: