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February 10, 2020

part 1 of February’s dyeing challenge

yellow onion skins

they are easy to store – easily dried and kept in a paper bag- and free

150 gm. of skins (that’s a lot) and 80 gm. of fibre

this is for folks who think natural dyes are dull and boring

of course the strength of colour relates to weight of material to fibre

from the top; handspun Cormo wool, commercial Merino wool, handspun silk and cotton

the wool felt sample on the right had been lightly dyed with indigo

yet to come is dyeing with red/purple onion skins

the rain has stopped – at least for a few days – so feeding the ducks is a pleasant taskthe municipality of Oak Bay displays local artist’s works

alas, no textiles, as they are all sculptures, displayed outside

something seems to be building a nest on this piece

I don’t know if there were ever salmon in Bowker Creek but there definitely isn’t now

much of the creek runs underground

brought up in a Northern, first growth forest, I’ve been a tree hugger since childhood

this one is too big to get your arms around

6 Comments leave one →
  1. February 11, 2020 7:31 am

    i love using onion skins because as you say they are so easy to store, no freezing, no mold, no muss, no fuss! i especially love the greens (with alum) of the purple skins and you will definitely see me taking extra skins from the bin when i shop.


    • February 11, 2020 10:18 am

      Hi Aimee – yes, I’ve been gathering the purple skins from the market bin – don’t use many for cooking. Will dye the purple in a couple days. I’ve never had a good green before, maybe this time. Think the fibre that is being dyed has a lot to do with it, even different breeds of sheep make a significant difference


  2. February 11, 2020 3:17 am

    I love the subtlety of natural dyes and those onions skin ones are beautiful. The strongest orange would be a bit much on its own but will lift the soft browns and greens from other plants such as lichen really well. When my children were small we used to dye white henss eggs at Easter by laying on flowers such as primroses and wrapping them in onion skins then boiling them.


  3. February 10, 2020 4:19 pm

    That onion skin dye has produced my very favourite shade of orange! And that sculpture in Oak Bay reminds me of the expression ‘A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle’…


    • February 10, 2020 4:37 pm

      Kate – it’s a very strong colour, not my favorite but will cheer up some of the browns. Never heard that saying before, love it. Gave me the laugh of the day.

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