hand dyed using red onions, producing a range of light yellow to olive tones

printed pattern - rosemary sprigs


about the dye plant -

red onion –

I peeled about 18 onions to prepare for this bath. These onions were not harvested from my garden, but like the avocado, is a very common dye plant. Depending on the type of onion (yellow, red) you will achieve very different colors. I was doing some reading and apparently green is very difficult to achieve, so I consider myself lucky. Onions also shift in color very quickly, so this silk was only in the bath for about 20 minutes. The color starts as yellow-y brown, shifts to green and then to a rich mahogany. You can also re-use your dye bath, if there is still color left. I did this with the onion and was able to achieve a rich olive. Plants are awesome!



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