Ok, so I know I just said that Amaranth was my favorite plant, but now it's Elderberry. With medicinal, edible, and dye properties it is a winner!
here are some images from a recent dye experiment. this was with the leftover berries from my sister's Elderberry Cordial.
I put about 2 cups of elderberry mush with water and brought to a boil. I then added a few pieces of handwoven nettle fabric and some silk-wool scraps. I boiled for 1 hour solid. Then, I turned off the heat, covered and let sit over night. In the morning I removed my fabric, rinsed and enjoyed the gorgeous wine-color!!
The slight difference between the elderberry dyed nettle (left) and natural (right)
I loved this two tone effect on the wool silk!