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Full of Beans

I totally blame Pinterest for this.  I don’t know if you’ve noticed, **understatement alert** but I’ve become somewhat obsessed with indigo.  

Dyeing with it is stinky, though so I am waiting for warm weather to dye some more.  But I’m impatient…as a rule.  

When I saw on Pinterest that people are dyeing fabric blue with BLACK BEANS!!!  I lost it.  I LOST it!  I went straight out to my organic co-op to buy some black beans but they didn’t have any.  NOOOOooooooooOOOOOO!

So, I called my husband (he goes to the big, non-organic grocery store) and he bought me a four pound bag of black beans!  Oh yeah, baby.  I’m in business.  

All you need to do is soak the beans.  I can soak the beans.  

You stir them a couple of times while they soak.  I can do that too.

The first time I stirred it, it was a really pretty purple.  

Now I need to figure out what to dye and get it soaking in a mordant.  That has been the hardest part of this whole process so far.   


4 thoughts on “Full of Beans

  1. Wow! I look forward to seeing how it dyes up.

    1. Thanks! It’ll be another day or so. I hope it doesn’t hurt the color to have the beans soak for days and days. I’m easily distracted. 🙂

  2. Oh, that’s a great idea! I love the utilitarian aspect of this dye method. That water does double duty this way!

    1. If only I liked to eat beans, it would be perfect. 🙂

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