*I am not an expert when it comes to dyeing fiiber. I am a curious crafter who wants to experiment and learn. For more information about dyeing, from people who know what they are talking about, see the list of resources at the end of this post.
Avocados are one of the easiest materials to dye with. If you are a reasonable person with good taste, you enjoy an avocado on toast, with mango (try it), or as guacamole (duh). The smaller, darker haas avocado is superior to that watery, larger avocado from Florida (I’m a native Floridian so I know of what I speak). Anytime you eat an avocado, save your pits and pop ‘em in the freezer. Some save the skin, but I find it too be too much work to clean. Remember — easy! Don’t forget to save the pits of those demon avocados that turn too early or are all icky on the inside.
Time to Dye
There are many books and websites that give you more thorough instructions and explanation. I will give you quick and dirty directions (again, not an expert. At all).
Experiment with different fibers. I’ve tried cotton gauze, raw silk, and a scrap of dropcloth. The raw silk turned a dark pink, almost maroon. The cotton gauze turned a lovely, delicate pink. The dropcloth.. well, it just looked not so great. I want to try dyeing a cotton knit next time. I see lots of pink tee shirts in my future.
Over the next few weeks, I will be posting short videos introducing you to the basics of the Oxford Punch Needle. Follow me on Instagram @modernpunch to stay up to date.
The first video of the series is “Types of Punch Needles.”
One question I get often is “where can I find the Oxford Punch Needle?” I bought most of my oxford needles directly from The Oxford Company, but there are several other sellers in the United States and Beyond. Many of these shops also sell supplies such as foundation cloth and yarn. This list is provided as a resource not an endorsement of any shop. Shops I have personal experience are listed with an asterisk.
If you are a supplier of the Oxford Punch Needle or related tools and supplies and would like to be included on this list, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Oxford Company*
Dorr Mill Store*
Myra & Jean*
Seal Harbor Rug Co.
Loop by Loop Studio
Needles in the Nest*
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who am I?
modern punch is me, Becky, mom of a kid and a dingo, wife for 20 years. I grew up on the Florida coast watching rockets launch from my backyard. Now I live in the beautiful Finger Lakes amongst the wonderful weirdos and waterfalls.
All opinions are my own. I am not an expert. I am not paid for anything. I have only one rule: don't be an asshole.