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Thread: dying with wallnuts

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    Junior Member pinot's Avatar
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    Does somebody know how to dye fabric with wallnut shells?? Do you need a fixation?

    Thanks a lot!! Pinot

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    we used walnuts to dye with years ago- boiled the nuts until the water was quite dark- then added the fabric- kept it simmering until it was darker than what we wanted (gives you like a 'tea-dyed' look--different shade of brown-
    then rinsed in cold water- let dry and heat set- we did not use additives- but we had prepared the fabrics- by pre-washing with detergent- no fabric softeners.
    the dyed fabric kept its brown stained hue for years---we did this back in the 70's- still the same--it is a darker- different color than natural muslin-
    we also used the water to dye our skin :)=== ready tan---that made us look like we were in great need of a bath! made our skin look --- dirty---and lasted for weeks! my mom was not impressed with our (creativity)

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    Sounds like a future project to try. Thanks for sharing.

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    some websites:

    http://www.practicalprimitive.com/sk...walnutdye.html

    http://www.phancypages.com/newslette...sletter538.htm
    **this one includes other ideas what to do with walnuts

    Show off your work if you try this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    we used walnuts to dye with years ago- boiled the nuts until the water was quite dark- then added the fabric- kept it simmering until it was darker than what we wanted (gives you like a 'tea-dyed' look--different shade of brown-
    then rinsed in cold water- let dry and heat set- we did not use additives- but we had prepared the fabrics- by pre-washing with detergent- no fabric softeners.
    the dyed fabric kept its brown stained hue for years---we did this back in the 70's- still the same--it is a darker- different color than natural muslin-
    we also used the water to dye our skin :)=== ready tan---that made us look like we were in great need of a bath! made our skin look --- dirty---and lasted for weeks! my mom was not impressed with our (creativity)
    thank you ck cowl! You realy don't want to see my hands right now.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by redkimba
    some websites:

    http://www.practicalprimitive.com/sk...walnutdye.html

    http://www.phancypages.com/newslette...sletter538.htm
    **this one includes other ideas what to do with walnuts

    Show off your work if you try this!
    Thank you redkimba. Those are very nice sites. I will be able to dye some muslin now! I don't think I will try the soap and scrub......though my hands could need some scrub now! Thanks again!

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    great sites for sure. I do rinse with Retayne though, really does help remove any excess!

    I always scour the fabric first. Even if it is just by using synthropol in the washer first.

    I have gotten it to hold the darker color by adding soda ash to the water!

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    redkimba thanks for the websites. I now have some ideas to use. Not sure on the facial scrub.

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    I totally misread that subject line. My dd is allergic to walnuts so I got confused where I was and thought it was a story about an allergic reaction gone bad (which I would expect to read at a food allergy board I go to).

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    It dyes your hands, why not anything else.

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