A print made with an avocado pit. I wrapped the pit in the fabric and broke it up with a hammer. The darkest colour developed immediately, as if on touching the air. Wrapping the fabric in a bundle and leaving it for a few days added only the pale shades around the edges. I like the abstract nature of the stains and the colour like the red ochre of cave paintings. So much in fact that I put the fabric in an empty frame in my work room.
I used the avocado skin for solar dyeing but it's giving only a dull, light peach colour even after long soaking. It might need a mordant or a different application method.
I'm also making a large eco print to be used as a wall covering. I painted the bedroom earlier this year and have been looking for some interesting fabric to hang there. In future I'd like to re-dye the cloth as it fades and with the seasons. For the moment I'll be sleeping under a (remembered) canopy of leaves...