Watching the every increasing number of poke plants growing in the area, I’m reminded of a few years ago when my grandson and I decided to put the plants to use.
Despite popular opinion about not touching the plants, I had found an article online about use the berry juice, so we set to work, picked the berries, strained them and had a beautiful dye.
We used it on vellum and the results were amazing. We had a color that seemed unable to be reproduced in acrylic.
Throughout history, the poke berries have been used as a dye. I found one online article in which a woman used it to dye her yarn and has experimented with other fabrics.
She has also included a recipe for a pokeberry dye pot.
Here’s the article.
An excellent project for creating a pokeberry ink that should last for awhile.
Read the comments under the main article for more suggestions.
And other recipes for dye and ink.