Would love ya’all to read this exemplary post on how to dye with pokeberries. Thinking the ideas herein might work for elderberries, too. Dye divas everywhere, especially those at The Wild Dyery (FB) – would you like to take up th challenge? Thank you, Jean, at Grackleandsun
Oh, my friends, have I been harvesting poke. I’ve been harvesting poke for weeks. Over hill, over dale, thorough bush, thorough brier, over park, over pale, thorough flood, thorough fire, I do wander everywhere… collecting all the pokeberries I can find. Well, not all of them. I left plenty for the songbirds. Husband lent a handsome hand, as well, because he is all things good. Happily, despite the drought this summer, there is many much poke. It is glorious.
And for what do I gather these succulent little berries that cling in clusters on their pendulous racemes? For dyeing, of course. To make that dyer’s alchemy happen—to pull colour from one to put upon another. Transference. The dictionary defines alchemy as “any magical power or process of transmuting a common substance, usually of little value, into a substance of great value.” If turning the often (but wrongly)…
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