Yesterday I was still sorting through some areas in my craft room-studio and remembered that I had not updated some dye pages in my hand made journal.
So I dug out those two skeins of pokeberry dyed rug wool-these had been stored away from light since around September 2014 and wow what a disappointment-remember that lovely deep burgundy I had achieved from the pokeberry dye pot?? (sorry I couldn't find a photo) well this is why I have the pokeberry blues--
It is still a pretty plum color but I was so surprised that it did this just being stored. I am so glad now that I didn't end up selling these.
This was stored away from light and in old wooden cheese boxes that had not been used for cheese so the wool could also breath in there.
Most of the old dye books say this is not a colorfast natural dye, but I had run into a recipe that looked really good and the method of the dye process was so much better. Re reading it again she did say that it is mostly colorfast for several years.
Before I use this in a project I think I will rinse it well and see what happens.
On the plus side this color is growing on me this morning, it is more "earthy" and actually blends in better with the other browns and yellows I have natural hand dyed. Hubby commented he loves this color better than the burgandy--so all is good in the end.