Pokeberry adventure UPDATE!!
As promised, the picture of the yarn in the pumpkin! The pumpkin yarn is the darker yarn while the redder yarn was the pokeberry in vinegar. The light yellow is the pokeberry with lime.
is a small round basket that opens in the middle. The color is all over the inside of it, so we are curious, was it totally pink at one time? It has a hole in one
end and was likely used to hold a ball of string or yarn. Perhaps even
while knitting as in this lovely painting of Mary Isabella Grant:
second basket is a workbasket with decorative ash curls. Here they are
next to a modern piece of ash dyed with the pokeberry:
See how similar the colors are?
were THEY using pokeberries to dye decorative elements of their
baskets? The color is remarkably similar, and it has obviously faded
over time as we have been warned the pokeberry will do, but is it the
same dye-stuff? A mystery is afoot! Does anybody have any clues they can share?