nichepoetryandprose

poetry and prose about place

harvesting colour – onion skin yellow

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About a month ago, I stuffed an old white cotton shirt into a pickle jar with onion skins and cider vinegar (https://nichepoetryandprose.wordpress.com/2014/02/21/harvesting-colour-onion-skins-in-a-pickle-jar/).  It was all I could do not to open the jar early to see how everything was progressing, but I was patient.  On Friday, I opened the jar to see the results!

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the pickle jar containing cider vinegar, my old shirt, and a few handfuls of onion skins

 

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cotton shirt and onion skins released to the sink

cotton shirt and onion skins released to the sink

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onion skins picked away to reveal yellow and maroon

onion skins picked away to reveal yellow and maroon

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a rinse with water

a rinse with water

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and my 'new' shirt hanging on the line to dry!

and my ‘new’ shirt hanging on the line to dry!

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I am so pleased with the results.  The yellows are bright and an old shirt is wearable again.  The dried cloth is soft and smells clean and fresh.  And, most important, I have another poem to add to my growing collection.

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transformation

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cotton shirt

soft and comfortable

but stained, unwearable

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stuffed into

a pickle jar

onion skin and vinegar

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thirty days –

yellow cheer,

saffron and sienna

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stains concealed

tears dried

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Copyright  2014  Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

April 2, 2014 at 6:58 am

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  1. Hi Jane, I enjoyed reading several of your posts this evening. So interesting and beautiful as always! Ellen

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    Ellen Grace Olinger

    May 4, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    • Hi Ellen. You are one of my longest followers and I always like to hear from you. Your lovely posts pop up on my email regularly and I always enjoy the sentiment they provide … often positive and uplifting regardless of the season or day! Jane

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      jane tims

      May 4, 2014 at 9:27 pm

  2. It’s beautiful. I love the mottling of the colors. It makes me want to give it a try with an old shirt. Or maybe even a not-so-old shirt that could use revitalizing.

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    Robin

    April 5, 2014 at 10:15 pm

  3. Totally fascinating idea 🙂 Every late spring, I cut off bunches of chive flower tops and throw them in a gallon jar of vinegar and set it out on a window sill for a month or two. Pretty in pink, chive vinegar. Something about your pickle juice and onion shirt dye reminded me of doing this. Maybe because I have the same type of feeling of anticipation and want to run and check how pink the concoction is every day.

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    francisguenette

    April 4, 2014 at 12:53 am

  4. So what am I? Chopped liver? How come I never get thanked for being a faithful listener and commentator? Sheeeesh!
    Well, Jane and Carol, now that I have the two of you together, how’s this?

    We had a cat Once – yes, that was his name
    (we knew we would never replace with the same) –
    so… it’s cushions in tatters; furniture a-fluff;
    curtains now, too, ‘cause Once was enough!

    – from Lil and Bob – 2 Yorkies who know better
    PS – We think our Master is the best poet in the world.
    So there!

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    Neil

    April 3, 2014 at 6:56 am

    • Hi Neil. You are also a welcome and faithful commentator…. A little more amusing than all of my other followers combined … Poem about Once is a case in point!!!!

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      jane tims

      April 3, 2014 at 10:41 am

  5. Thanks for sharing this fascinating journey and the photos and poems. Can hardly wait for the book.

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    Carol Steel

    April 2, 2014 at 9:02 am

    • Hi Carol. Thanks to you too, for being a faithful listener and commentator – as for the book, this watching of simmering dyepots is making me patient!!!! Jane

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      jane tims

      April 2, 2014 at 3:17 pm


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