But here is what I did:
- Picked ~4 cups berries (picked off the stems)
- Boiled in a quart of white vinegar for 30 minutes
- Mordanted 8 oz wool with alum (just enough water to fully wet
- Squeezed berries with cheese cloth to have just a dye bath without floating bits
- Leave wool in vinegar/berry bath with all of mordanted water for a week
Another piece of advice is to wear gloves. Getting the pink color off you hands isn't a big deal when it is just juice, but the hot vinegar/berry mixture does not go away for a couple days... Don't ask me how I know.
Geek Farm Life, I had a fabulously vivid magenta.
Lucy of Mind's Eye Yarns (and her etsy shop) had once talked to me about how if you want a really true red, your best bet was to start with a golden base yarn, rather than a while or ivory one. I tucked that thought away for a while, but this was totally the moment to give it a try.
I am ever so very pleased with the resulting 4 oz of worsted wool I over-dyed from a deep amber. Chiquita helped too, and even she thought this was pretty neat. We may have to go hunting more berries before the season is over.