Friday, May 19, 2017

Releasing the Color!

 It's that time of year when the new fruit are starting on the prickly pear cactus
 so I harvest last year's fruit!
 I give them a good drive through the food processor-not too fine
but enough to release all the soft insides from the heavy skin!
 I put the slurry into the big pickling jar and add a bit of water.
I give it a good stir and then take it outside.... it can ferment for a week!
(I am making a prickly pear cactus dye pot
so next week I will be dyeing some yarn or roving for spinning!)


  1. Looks like fun!!! I made prickly pear soap once using the juice and it was very nice.

  2. Ooh, that juice is going to create some gorgeous yarn/roving. I'm eager to see how it dyes.

  3. Now that is going to make really cool wool wash/dye. Love this idea. Steep away!

  4. Pretty, pretty, pretty!

  5. Those fruits are so gorgeous and the dye liquid is beautiful, too. That's a fun annual project!


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