Red & Yellow Onion Skins
Plant Collected: Red and Yellow Onion Skins
Date Collected: March 5, 2011
Part of plant used and amount: 1 shopping bag full of skins/ ¾ yellow skins and ¼ red skins.
Extraction process notes:
Raise to a boil and simmer for 1 hr. Let cool. Used enough water to cover the skins. . Strain the dye material from the plant material.
Material/ WOF: Silk/ 3g
Dye/volume: 5 cups
Mordant/amount: alum (15% WOF)
Additions: Citric acid (squeeze of lemon)
Mordant the silk in alum for I hr on low heat. Use enough water to cover the fiber so it moves freely in the bath. Rinse and place in dye. Let the silk sit in the dye bath for 1 hr at a low simmer. Rinse until water runs clear. Squeeze lemon on fiber. Let dry and then rinse again.