Friday, March 1, 2013

Simple Onion Skin Dyeing

Today's date is 1/3/13, I just have to do a post.
So ...
In a recent post, I mentioned using onion skins to dye my silk scarf.  Then I realised that I hadn't posted about it, so here it is.
It was very easy actually.  I used India Flint's Eco Colour again (getting value for having bought the book!).
I laid out the scarf, folded it in half lengthways, and the put pieces of onion skin, laid out artistically of course, along the scarf.  Then I sprayed it with vinegar, rolled it up and put it in a ziplock bag.  I left it out in the glasshouse (during the December summer weather) for 10 days.  I rinsed it a couple of times, with a small amount of vinegar in the final rinse.

I had used a small amount of red onion and red onion skin and that showed up too.


6 comments:

K Spoering said...

Mary, your dyed silk is wonderful! I love the onion colors. And I had been debating about whether or not to plant hollyhocks again, after digging them all out a few years ago because the leaves always look so ragged, but your hollyhock dyed silk has convinced me! Hollyhocks are back in the garden this spring!

Mary said...

Thanks Kathy. We haven't had hollyhocks for a long time, so these are new this year. I am so glad the gardener in the family got them! We should have them again next year, they produce so many seeds. One lot of the hollyhocks were up against a higher patio and they were tied up to it so they didn't get so ragged.

Vera L Hazelgrove said...

Like your onion dyed silk!
I haven't tried to dye silk with onion skin yet- good idea!
I like to dye Easter eggs with red onion skins wrapped aound it and a sprig of parsley in the middle. It comes out really nice too.

Mary said...

Thanks Vera, the main problem is that I keep seeing food with strong colours and want to see if that will work too, rather than eating it. So far the beetroot has been eaten.

Jen said...

This is fantastic! Thank you for sharing this. Awesome and perfect for the kids! I love the way you did this art out of onion. We also did an onion activity out of the same mateials you used. You should check this out!
EarlyLearning.Momtrusted.com Grow Onions in 10 Days: Great Growing Project for Young Kids

Mary said...

Jen, you are welcome. Actually, I have just done this with a couple of young family members. Caution - make sure the kids don't point the spray bottles at each other's faces! We nearly had an accident but just averted it.