Chokecherry Dye

DSC00101A week ago I harvested two gallons of chokecherries from a massive hedge that we originally planted fifteen years ago and which now shelters a very productive give-away garden.  The fruit hangs heavy this year; picking was a delight!

Yesterday I added the berries to a kettle and covered them with water, bringing them to a boil, and then simmering them for an hour.  I crushed these and put them through a colander, collecting the juice.  Steaming small sized wine bottles with their corks I then bottled the juice and will experiment with it for dyeing wool later this winter.  It would have been easy to make more but until I know what it does it’s just best to not be too greedy.