These 2 new scarves were a continuation of my experiments with organic indigo dyeing and investigations into weaving items for potential sales. These are woven in 10/2 mercerized cotton in an undulating twill with doubleweave selvedges. I wound the warp in 2 warp chains and dip-dyed the warp (prior to weaving) in both my organic indigo vat and a walnut dye bath. This was my first attempt to dye with walnut. The weft is un-dyed white 10/2 mercerized cotton.
The walnuts were very kindly gathered by a co-worker from her backyard and gifted to me last fall (Thank you Joy). I soaked the whole, husk-intact walnuts in water for approximately 2 weeks before removing the organic matter. I then proceed to stir the walnut 'juice' every couple of days just to keep it stirred up and to delay the chance of it turning moldy.
I'm think that if I wanted a darker color from the walnut, I would either need to concentrate the liquid more or cook it longer, but I am really pleased with the subtle, organic look to the areas dyed with walnut and with how they play off of the more deeply-dyed indigo areas.