|A skein form the first bath.|
Onion skins....what a beautiful color! I managed to get three different baths and 5 skeins out of only 200 grams of onion skins.
Recipe for the first bath
200g hand spun Shetland and BFL mordanted with alum
200g onions skins
I brought the onion skins to a low simmer and cooked them for about an hour. After pouring off the dye bath there seemed to bee enough color left in the skins for a second bath so I refilled another container with water, placed the used onion skins in that new bath and set it aside for later.
I let the original bath cool and then placed the two skeins in the bath and brought it back to a very low simmer. I let this bath simmer for about two hours.
For the second and third baths, I experimented. I made a second dye bath with the used onion skins. I then mixed half of that second bath with the exhausted bath from the first dying session and reserved the other half for the third bath. I know, it's confusing, but I did end up with two skeins dyed a lovely shade of mustard.
The third bath was a combination of the exhaust bath from a batch of St. Johns wort flowers, and the second half of the second onion skin bath.
|St. John's wort flowers floating in a dye bath.|
Are you completely lost yet? For this I used an un-mordanted skein of Shetland hand spun. It came out a yellowy peach. I'm really pleased to have gotten so much color out of such a small bag of onion skins. Pictures to come.....