Dye some thread from the skins.
My DH would say to make guacamole first. That’s all well and good but can you do something with the leftover skins?
This post, at yarn retailer, Discount Designer Yarns, suggests dyeing yarns with the skins. As you can see from the picture above, the yarn becomes a lovely soft rose.
The post shows the results using a range of knitting yarns, but the process can also be done beautifully with thread.It’s important to remember that different fibers take dye differently.
The easiest way to think about this is to classify fibers into three categories: animal vegetable, and man-made. Animal fibers are wool of all kinds and silk. Vegetable fibers are anything that comes from planys, such as cotton and linen. Man-made fibers are what we usually call synthetics.
Man–made threads should probably be avoided here because they are notoriously hard to dye. In the article you’ll see that the plant fiber dyed up much lighter. It’s the same color, just a much lighter shade. This is consistent with the results I’ve had from dyeing projects.
This is a wonderful project, making great stuff from something we usually throw out!
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