Stone Gardens is located in the avocado capital of the world – Fallbrook, CA! These DIY Avocado dyed tassels would be the perfect way to pay homage to your wedding locale.
These tassels will add a very personal and homemade touch to your affair. You can hang them from some of the many trees surrounding Stone Gardens or line the pathway your guests will walk to your reception.
Wherever you choose to hang them they will be the talk of the wedding and once you tell your guests how they were made they will not only be great decorations but envied by all native Fallbrookians around!
Avocado Pits (Tip: Ask friends or a local Mexican restaurant to save avocado pits for you.)
Wool/Natural Fiber Yarn
Stainless Steel Pot
Knife & Cutting board
Trinkets & Trimmings (optional)
Step One: Make the dye
The weight of dye material should always equal the weight of fiber material when you are making natural dyes, so you will need enough avocado pits to equal the weight of your yarn. I used five avocado pits for one ball of yarn and had more than enough dye left over for future projects.
Thoroughly wash the avocado pits and roughly chop them. Watch how quickly the color changes from light beige to orange-red as oxygen hits it. Fill a stainless steel pot with enough water to cover all of the yarn (rainwater is ideal, but you can use distilled or tap in a pinch). Add the yarn and chopped avocado pits (wrap them in cheesecloth for easier cleanup). Bring the water to a gentle boil for 20 minutes. Reduce to a simmer and cover for at least 40 minutes. Continue to simmer until the yarn reaches the desired saturation then turn off the heat and allow everything to sit overnight. Tip: test the dye color by carefully squeezing part of the yarn between your fingers and seeing what color remains in the yarn.
Remove the yarn and lay out to air dry. Gently rinse with PH neutral soap and allow to air dry again.
A few notes on safety when working with natural dyes: Always work in a well ventilated area, wear gloves, and do not use pots or utensils that you cook with – keep a set exclusively for creating dye.
Step Two: Create the tassels
Wrap yarn around a piece of cardboard or similar object until it is approximately an inch wide. Cut from the skein and tie the top with a small piece of yarn or thread. Cut the side opposite the tie to remove the yarn from the cardboard. Hold the tie and pull all of the yarn pieces down together to shape the tassel. Wrap yarn or thread around the top of the tassel and tie to secure. Repeat for as many tassels as you desire, adding pieces of non-dyed yarn for variety.
Step Three: String the tassels
String the tassels from the dowel using thread and add some beads, trinkets or other trimmings if it tickles your fancy!
Again, these tassels do not have to be the main décor at your wedding but they would be such a great way to keep a part of Fallbrook and Stone Gardens in your life long after your big day! Plus, they are wonderfully eco-friendly and such a great way to utilize a great local product – AVOCADO!