Our summer officially ended last week with the solar eclipse and my girls' first day back to school all in one very exciting day. One of the highlights of a truly wonderful summer (a road-tripping, visiting-friends-and-family, river-swimming, blackberry-picking, glorious summer!) was finally getting a chance to try my hand at some natural dyeing.


In June, we visited my friend Rosie who lives about four hours away in the country, up north in Humboldt. In her outdoor summer kitchen, we very unscientifically filled two big pots with water and avocado pits and skins, heated it all up, added cotton and linen fabrics, some ribbon and other bits and bobs, and magically came away with a mountain of gorgeous peach, pink, purple and grey fabric. Although the end of summer is bittersweet, I was happy to be back in the studio last week and able to finally sew up some dresses with this beautiful fabric. 

I hope you've had some adventures of your own lately, crafty or otherwise. If you've thought about natural dyeing, I encourage you to give it a try! Natural-dyeing with avocado is particularly easy because no mordant is needed, the ingredients are easy and yummy to come by, and, of course, most importantly, the colors are gorgeous.