1.) Fill your pot with cranberries and water. Place on the stove on medium high until mixture begins to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes until all the cranberries are soft.
2.) Using your potato masher, mash the softened cranberries until they look like a puree and let the mixture cool slightly.
3.) Place your garment the dye mixture and let sit until it reaches desired color.
Note: if you'd like to dip dye the garment, follow these steps: For the first dip, you will want to submerge almost all of the object quickly just to give it a wash of color. Where you stop on the highest point will be the lightest part and will gradually get darker as your re-dip. Next, re-dip the sweater 2-3 times to get a nice ombre, increasing the amount of time you let the object soak in the dye as you go down the object. The bottom portion of the garment should be in the dye bath the longest amount of time to get the most concentrated color.
4.) Once you are satisfied with your color (color concentration will depend on how long you soak your object in the dye), rinse off your object in cold water to remove excess dye.
5.) Wrap in an old rag and squeeze out excess water. Let dry and enjoy!
Have you ever dyed with natural dyes before?
Emily + Erick