Walnuts and Aspen Leaves

I got two amazing packages recently. A box of black walnuts with husks from my aunt Ruth Anne and a bread bag of yellow aspen leaves from my friend Caroline. 

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These are great raw materials for making dye. 

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This is the raw, unwashed mohair straight from Patrick, weighed and ready for washing just before throwing in the dye pot. 

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Look how dark the water got after boiling the leaves for an hour! As the leaves boiled they released the scent of cooked spinach. 

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The walnuts made a thick, foamy stew. The scent of the boiling husks was bitter and tannic.  

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I'm really impressed by the amount of color the mohair holds. Most wool I have dyed with plants has not been nearly as vivid as this.

In a couple of days when the fiber dries I'll card this pretty fluff into batts for spinning.