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harvesting colour – onion skins in a pickle jar

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According to India Flint (Eco Colour: Botanical Dyes for Beautiful Textiles, Interweave Press, 2010) the principal ingredient in any natural dyeing project is time (and patience).  Now, while I am still getting organized, I have decided to begin with a simple project that can take all the time it needs.

I have chosen a cotton shirt for this project.  I wore it for a couple of years and loved its iridescent buttons, rows of ruffles and embroidered details.  Then it became stained and I put it away.



my 100% cotton shirt


Today, I scattered the onion skins I have saved across its surface – some from Yellow Onions and some from Red Onions.  As I worked, I sprayed apple cider vinegar to wet the fabric.  Then I rolled it up tightly and poked it into a big pickle jar.  For at least a month, I will leave the jar to sit on my window sill and cook in the sun.  If it starts to grow mold, I am going to stuff it in the freezer.  The biggest challenge was getting all that material to fit in the jar!



materials for my onion skin dyeing project – the platter is so you cannot see my messy kitchen …



all I can say is ‘yum’ …


If you hear of a smelly house for sale in rural New Brunswick, you will know something went terribly wrong.  I will show you the results, as well as the poem this generates, in about a month’s time …



detail of the machine embroidery on my cotton shirt


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Written by jane tims

February 21, 2014 at 7:49 am

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