Thursday 13 May 2010

Dyeing With Onion Skins

After many months of drying out and keeping all our unwanted onion skins, today we were rewarded with a new colour for our collection.
Using 100% raw silk shawls that had been mordanted with alum, we produced a beautiful golden yellow. Although we had expected this colour, we are very pleased with the results.
The colour produced contrasts well with the green that can be achieved using red onion skins and the blue from red cabbage.
One possible experiment for the near future would be overdyeing this golden yellow with indigo to produce various greens.