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How to Make an Avocado Pit Dye Bath

Making a dye bath from avocado pits yields a romantic dusty rose color and is surprisingly easy to do. Avocado pits are high in tannin, so it’s common to see articles that suggest you don’t need to mordant your fabric before dyeing with them. While not incorrect, I find this information to be incomplete. It’s true that when dyeing with high-tannin dyes your project wouldn’t require a mordant, I still prefer using one. Because I'm dyeing with silk, I am using a common alum mordant. To be clear, tannins will create an effective bond to the fiber, especially to wool, but to achieve a stronger saturated color, I prefer to use both mordant and, in this case tannic, dye. In...
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