Hunting Dyestuffs: Prairie Sumac & Osage

Today Joseph and I went on a drive hunting plants for natural dyeing!  Our drives exploring Texas just got more interesting.   

Prairie Sumac

Prairie Sumac

Our goal was to find Sumac and Osage.  Almost every part of the sumac plant can be used to make several different colors of dyes (red, brown, black, and yellow)!  We found prairie sumac driving near Eustace Texas on highway 198, near the turn off to go to Purtis Creek State Park. 

We found Osage around Forney and Mesquite Texas just south of highway 20.  Osage is also known as bois d'arc, it's known for the strength of its wood and it's brain like green fruit.  We've made bone folders and tapestry needles from bois d'arc trees.  We're excited to see the colors we'll get from the heartwood of the branches!  

Osage or Bois D'Arc Tree

Osage or Bois D'Arc Tree

Osage branch de-barked!

Osage branch de-barked!