Rose Dye

Rose Dye

The Native Americans removed the spine by rubbing the cactus in the sand.

Plant: Prickly pear cactus

Harvest time:  September

 Material:  Fruit, fresh

Vessel:  Earthenware or enamel kettle

Squeeze the juice from 2 pounds of cactus and strain into 3 gallons of water. Add 1 pound of yarn and soak for 1 week in a warm location. Rub the yarn daily. Rinse several times. To deepen the color, repeat the process a second time.