Dyeing with onion skins

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A while back I went to France with my friend Cecile (Ways of the Whorl) and we did a lot of Natural dyeing. Mostly we did the samples you can see in this colour wheel. Cecile has so far written thorough posts on ‘dyeing with onion skin‘, ‘dyeing with black beans‘ and ‘dyeing with a sample pack‘.
Colour wheel

Today I want to show you something else that I dyed quite a bit of while we were there. I had some baby-yellow cotton that I wasn’t too pleased with. You could ask why on earth I spend all that time unraveling it from a sweater if I didn’t really like it? But I can’t really answer that one.
We had also collected a lot of yellow onion skins and they turned out such a nice orange that I decided to throw the yellow cotton into it. I read before hand that there was no need to mordant the cotton with onion skin so I didn’t bother and I quite like the result. It is a lot warmer and nicer (to me at least) than the baby-yellow I had before.

France 2011
This is the yellow cotton before.

France 2011
The cotton after dyeing with yellow onion skins

Billede 316
The cotton after it is dyed with a sample of undyed to show the contrast

If you are interested in seeing more photos of the yellow onion skin dyeing I have added them to a Flickr set: ‘yellow onion skin‘.
If you are interested you can also have a look at the entire ‘dyeing collection‘ on Flickr.

3 Responses

  1. Pankaj Mundada

    Dear sir,
    Can you please if any Mordant have used in these process..
    If yes then what is its nature

    • roued

      No there was no mordant used with the onion dyeing.

  2. Becky

    It’s a lovely color–reminds me of the richness of autumn. And it’s good to see a dyeing project with cotton! I’m just now experimenting with animal-fiber yarn and it seems I can tolerate very low quantities of wool (more than I thought), but I still think that plant fibers are going to be the way for me to go. So it’s very good to see a color result on something I know I can use! Thanks for sharing!