|Cotton rug warp dyed with hops leaves and vines|
The hops are thanks to my homebrewing husband. Hops are used to flavor beer and act as a preservative. We were a bit late on the hops harvest this year, but better late than never.
Bill pulled down the vines for me, and I plucked the hops. Right now, he's making a batch of hops soda for me (kind of grapefruity-bitter -- I love it!).
After plucking the hops, I put the leaves and vines in a pot. It was a couple of days before I actually got water added to that pot. Then a couple more days before I simmered that pot. Still, I don't think the delay was the reason that simmering pot stunk up the joint.
Most of my homebrewed natural dyes have a pleasant fragrance. This one produced a color I like well enough to put up with the stink while it's brewing.