I have become really interested in eco dyeing to for the base for my block prints. As you know I’ve tried dyeing with tea and now I’ve tried dyeing with onion skins. I am quite amazed at how much colour those papery skins produce.
I found this very large aluminium pan in a little antique shop that’s just opened (and it is rather large) to use for dyeing, so that there is enough room for the fabric to move around a bit. I can’t tell you how many onion skins I used, maybe 1/2 a bucket full. Now you can see, after boiling them, how much colour they contain. I put the wet fabric into the dye, simmered for a while and then let it stand with the lid on until I thought it was the colour I wanted. To be quite honest I was excited what ever colour it was!Here is my first product made with the dyed fabric. It does make a fantastic ground for the print. To see the colour at its best, do come to my studio on my launch day 25th Oct. when I’ll have all the new textile range out on show.