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It's way easy, just make sure you have plenty of ventilation when you do the boiling in the dye bath later! All I did was use glass mason jars, I filled them 1/3-1/2 of the way with alkanet roots and then the rest of the way with isopropyl. I rubber banded plastic bags over the tops because I've lost the lids, then just let 'em sit for 2-4 days (2 days for the first dye bath, 4 for the second). You get really gorgeous concentrated purple dye from it, although it's odd as it starts out reddish purple, almost the color of blood from a vein, then shifts to the more "imperial purple" once you toss it in with the water and yarn/silk.
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