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.




Dye Recipe


Material/ WOF:  Silk/ 3g


Dye/volume: 5 cups


Mordant/amount: alum (15% WOF)


Additions: Citric acid (squeeze of lemon)



Recipe notes:

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.

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