I am fascinated with natural dyes - LOVE the soft pink that avocados brings to fabrics - check it out!

Pretty in Pink

spray of pink roses on pink lace

A while back, I shared some photos of some lovely pink flowers, pink teacup and pink lace and fabric. I had just recently dyed the fabric and was thrilled with the soft, dusky pink. It is fun to create this beautiful pink shade by using a natural dye, avocado.

pink roses on pink teacup


Now, here’s the

How To

I promised.

Natural Dye the avocado

Natural Dye Avocado

Skin and Pit from One Avocado
(chop pit with knife – easiest when fresh)

  • In a large stainless steel bring about 12 cups of water to boil – add skins and pit pieces. Boil for about 20 minutes. Add more water to bring to twelve cups. (You’ll be limited to the amount of fabric – don’t over-crowd)
  • Remove all skin and pit pieces from water and add clean lace, doily and cotton towels (natural fibers work best such as silk and cotton) I did a tablecloth – light; cotton kitchen towel; two lace curtains.
  • Bring to a low boil for about 20 minutes. Move the fabric around from time to time with a wooden spoon. You can lift the fabric to see if the color is as deep or light as you wish.

Remove, rinse and hang to dry.

Natural Dye The Avocado2

It’s that simple!

I did not use anything else – you’ll find a number of recipes and natural dye ingredients out there. Quite a number require a mordant, which includes a chemical that ‘fixes’ the dye to the fabric.

You can also find a lot of Natural Dye ideas here.



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