hand dyed using avocado & elm tree sprigs, producing a peach & apricot

printed pattern - willow leaf


about the dye plant -

avocado & elm tree sprigs –

We have one elm tree left growing in our yard, and early this past winter I was able to collect some sprigs. To acheive the darker color, I simmered the cuttings twice. The insides of the cuttings were a more subtle orangey-yellow color and the extraction process took several hours.


Avocados are great because they’re so unexpected and they’re very versatile. You can achieve different colors from the skin and the pit. If you’ve ever cracked open the pit on an avocado, you’d see a pinky tone, which is the color you see here. Of course, I did not grow these avocados, but they are a very popular dye plant so I had to try.  As many dye baths do, the color will shift depending on how long you let it sit. The color starts very light and will gradually become pinker.  It’s wonderful to watch!

willow sprig


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    Adams, MA

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