After reading about dyeing with prickly pears in Harvesting Color, I hoped I might come across some while my girls and I were in New Mexico. So, I was pretty happy when I saw loads of them growing all around the hotel we stayed in. The prickly pears were in little piles at the bases of the plants, having ripened and dropped off. I gathered just enough to fill a medium flat rate box, and shipped them home to myself. They arrived here in Virginia the day after we returned. I immediately put them in buckets and covered them with a bit of water to begin the fermenting process. I let them ferment for a little over a week before filtering out the dye liquid and adding my mordanted yarn. The yarn soaked in the dye for over a week before I decided that it had soaked long enough. The end result is pretty amazing. I’m very pleased with this yarn!
I am planning a yarn shop update for this Friday, November 27th at 9 a.m. EST. The shop will remain open for 24 hours. My previous two updates sold out in less than 24 hours, and it works well for me to keep that time limit for future updates, allowing me to spend the following day packaging everything up and getting the orders out. So please don’t forget to check in on Friday! I don’t want you to miss it! All of my prickly pear yarn will be listed along with lots of others!
Thank you so much for your support in this little endeavor of mine! I truly appreciate you all so much.