Made from the branches of a real dead tree covered in natural dye and topped with tempered glass, this gorgeous table by New York designer Sebastian ErraZuriz would be a fantastic centrepiece in any modern home. He sees the work as a new means of using wood for our furniture, rather than the overuse of wooden boards.
So those black walnuts I harvested, I saved the hull for dyeing! Black nuts produce a rich brown dye that is colorfast, lightfast and washfast without the addition of a mordant. I never dyed roving before, so this was an interesting new experience for me.
Note to self: don’t be lazy. Filter out the dye solution so you don’t get bits of hull stuck in your wool.
And now…to spin it :-)
@Kinfolkyarn - the ombre dyed one, that’s the roving I got from you :-)
In addition to being decorative, it was believed to ward off illness and evil spirits and bring success in hunting. Additionally, annatto body
paint functions as an insect repellant and as a way to alleviate the
heat of the tropics. In Yucatán, annatto has even been used as an
antidote for the poisonous seeds of Jatropha curcas. Maya texts indicate that the pulp, roots, seeds, and young leaves were used in the preparation of medicines.
And now annatto—or Bixa orellana—will be used to color Butterfinger bars as part of a move away from artificial coloring! Science Talk traces this fascinating plant’s uses across centuries, adding a touch of color in unexpected places along the way. ~LM