28 September 2006


black walnut husks soaking in water

I collected these from the ground around a tree on the campus of my son's school. Following Jenny Dean's instructions in Wild Color, I covered the husks with water in a pot where they will sit for at least 24 hours before I simmer them to extract their dye. Whatever I can get my hands on to dye shades of brown will go into the pot over the next week.

They're all over the roads here. I've always meant to have a go and shelling and eating them, but haven't gotten to that project yet. Yours sounds like lots more fun!
They look familiar. I was a bit impatient so I sliced the outers skins (with gloves on ofcourse) and saved the walnuts to try though they're still a bit bitter.
Looking forward to seeing the result.
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