Tree barks and leaves
Last month after a storm I collected a chestnut and a walnut branch that were blown down. The barks have been soaking since then. Yesterday I brought in the small hickory tree. I removed parts I need for basketry, some pieces that will be a Navaho loom, and of course leaves and bark for dying.
The hickory leaves and chestnut bark cooked while I worked on the rest of the tree.
After dying one skein each of wool pre-mordanted with alum, in these two dyebaths, I decided to used the green hickory bark for another bath. Hickory bark when aged and browned will give a nice rich brown, but I had not tried it green before. It resulted in a very similar shade to the leaves. From left to right: Chestnut bark, hickory leaves, hickory bark.