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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Pearls and Lace #76 Variations on a Theme #1

Pink is the Theme.
Lace is the Subject.
How on earth did I get Pink Lace?
Well avocados of course!!!
Have you tried this?  You just have to try this.  It's easy, and it makes you feel like you've done something magical!  PINK dye from avocado peel.
I boiled it, I set it aside after about an hour, and I played like a little girl.

This first post about the Theme (Pink Lace) is composed of pictures of the actual dyed pieces.
I have taken a number of different materials and tried different soaking times to get the variation of pinks. 
The longer you soak, the darker the pink.

I think the main thing I did correctly was to put the avocado peelings into a doubled portion of cheesecloth and tie the end.  I used this pouch in a large pot of water and boiled it for about an hour, then put in the laces and materials I was using and let them soak for about an hour.  Later, I put some of the pieces back in for another soak of another hour, then put them outside to dry.

It was hard for me to get some of the materials to absorb color, but I found that most of the materials were beautifully colored, and I plan on looking out for many more items to dye in the future.  And my husband gets to eat some fresh guacamole from time to time!!

On a humorous side, at the time I was doing the whole boiling and drying (outside) of the materials, my husband was out of town.  When I took the pieces outside to dry in the sun, they were gently floating in the breeze when my husband arrived home.  He got scared.  He thought he had put something red in a laundry of whites and I was flying his mistakes out front for him to see when he got home!!!  Poor guy!  I was just excited about my new pink laces and such, and he was afraid to come in the house!

Next week I will share some more photos using the pinks as a background for some additions of pearls, buttons, and tatting laces.  Be sure and come back by to see them!  I am soooo excited about finding this process!  Let me know if you have tried it before and what you did!!!
It's time for Pearls and Lace Thursday!  Add the url code for your post to the link below and show us your pretties!  You can use this party to post as many times as you like.  I love to see what you have to share!
I will be joining a number of fun parties this week as well...be sure and visit the parties I've listed on my sidebar.  You will be amazed at all the beautiful posts out there!!  Thanks to you all for joining me, and a special hello to my newest followers!
Blessings to you all!
edited: because I can spell guacamole, but not avOcado!


A Few Pennies said...

So pretty; won't those be gorgeous with your other creative projects too! Great inspiration--I've got to get busy doing something--have a great and Happy New Year!

Blessed Serendipity said...

I have never heard of this technique before with avocado peels. I love the results!


www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

What a fun post today. I love lace and the different colors that you achieved are beautiful. I am definitely going to try this. Thank you so much for showing us how:)
~Debra xxx

Marilyn said...

Avocado makes pink??!! I would NEVER have figured that out. How many do you use in the pot of water? I am going to have to try this.♥♫

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Your lace is beautiful. I had no idea that avocado would dye things pink. So Cool!


Susan said...

Your pink lace turned out gorgeous!! How creative to use avocados.

LV said...

I learn something new everyday off the blog. I have never heard of this before. Seems to have worked for you.

Coloradolady said...

Who would have thought~! Interesting and so pretty. Happy VTT!

Crimson Heart Studios said...

What a crazy but fun idea. I will definitely try this. We love avocados and pink at our house. I'm next to you in a linky party. Come look at my vintage journal giveaway. It looks like something you would enjoy. Cindy

Katherines Corner said...

avocado peels! oh my goodness. Well no matter how it was done I love the results!!!Just gorgeous Hugs! P.S. I hope you'll stop by Katherines Corner and add your lovely blog to my blog list page :-)

Lorraine said...

Wow, those turned out beautifully pink!! Hmmm...I saw avocados for 66 cents today, I may have to try this! HPS and Happy New Year!

Carolyn Robbins said...

A Blessed New Year from The Patchwork Ark via How Sweet the Sound.

Three Generations said...

The pearls and lace are gorgeous and the pink is a nice touch!
Come check out my pink! happy pink Saturday!(:

Michele said...

as always your photos are gorgeous and the story is delightful. i don't have a submission just yet but i wanted to wish you a joyous and blessed new year! all the best. xo

special 'k' said...

My first visit here and I am amazed at how you achieve these colors. Thanks for sharing. I will follow on my way out so I can revisit. I hope you can find the time to come visit me and do the same. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Cheers SpecialK XoXo

Lily-Rose Cottage said...

What a great idea!
The lace looks beautiful, Doni!
My hubby could relate to your hubby's fears lol!
Thanks for sharing this for LACE.
God bless you and I hope you have a very happy new year.

Cynthia said...

Doni, I love the idea of using the avocado peels for making the pink dye! I am absolutely going to give this a try.

Mel Cole said...

very pretty crocheted laces. :) Hope to see you in my Pink Saturday entries one and two. Happy New Year!


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