|Almost looks like carrots with grey skin|
|About half full.|
Alder, its leaves, catkins, and its bark are excellent for dying fiber, so I've read. Come along on my journey of experimentation in dying wool with bark from my sister's cut-down Alder tree. When it was first fell, it shocked us into doing something with the spectacular color.
|Bark and wood chips.|
The bark must be prepared, I understand. Some directions said to soak it for three months, letting it ferment, as the first step. I think the point is to get as much of the color as possible from the bark. Well, my "three horses" and I have a different and very possibly quicker plan tucked into the Things I get to do today.
Two batches of bark in the blender with about two cups of water in each for 20 seconds or so resulted in a fine "gravel" or coarse sand texture to the bark with lots and lots of color in the water. Next stage is to let that sit for a week or so. To be continued.