Turns out Chestnut are only good for roasting over an open fire!
The same friend that gave me the Black Walnuts for my dye project the other day, also has a Chestnut tree.
After she gave me some of the nuts for cooking, I thought it might be fun to try them as a dye. So she gathered up some hulls for me!
Prickly critters aren’t they?!
I followed the same procedure as with the Black Walnuts, soaking them for several weeks.
After straining the liquid, I simmered the wool for about 30 minutes. Then I let it cool in the pot before rinsing it and hanging it out to dry.
I’m thrilled with the result! It a lovely Chestnut Brown! Go figure right?
And in case you are wondering about the nuts…
Using a sharp knife, cut an X on the shell.
Then wrap them in foil to keep in the moisture and bake for 20 minutes.
I like to salt them and add a Tbs of White Wine to the pouch as they roast too.
Just the thing for the holidays!