onion skins are one natural dye that profits by a pre-bath of the wool in an alum mordant--it really pumps up the golden color--as does tin (stannis floride salts)--which is a bit more toxic.see how much more golden a color http://golden-apples.blogspot.com/2010/02/when-you-get-lemons.htmlbut to be honest, I am quite happy with a bright sunny yellow (as one gets from a bottle of food coloring!) more often than not, i dye with simple food dyes. (and vinegar, but no mordants)Drug stores used to carry alum (its the main ingredient in a stytic pencil) Sometimes you can find it in craft stores (Michaels)--but not always.
I prepared these skeins with alum, but it was ages ago. (Back when I knew what I was going to do with all this yarn.) The first 2 skeins I put in came out very rich and golden, but the next batch came out lighter. Aside from in an actual class, this is the first time I've dyed with natural materials at home. I think I might do another bath and give the lighter skins another dip. I like the darker color that the first dip gave.And thanks for sharing your onionskin yarn ^_^ It looks great!
Awesome post! I can't help but wonder if an onion-y smell remains on the yarn?
I was thinking about that the whole time, actually. And now that it's dry I've sniffed and asked others to sniff. My brother says it smells like "a sheep. But a clean sheep." So nope. Just smells like wool. (Thank goodness.) The onion skins themselves didn't smell as much as I had expected when cooking, either.
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