Spindrift Crafts

   Dyeing wool using locally grown plants producing  a selection of nature's colours.

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Different shades from one batch of Onion Skins... (continued)

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The skeins, as before, can be labelled using abbreviation of how the colour was achieved.

Top to bottom;

V1 Al+C

V1 Nm+C

V2 Nm+C

V2 Al+C

Some dyers use the chemical notation, this is my personal 'code'.

These skeins have all been modified by heating in a pan of dye liquor with some copper water added. Once again the amount of modifier used is up to the dyer who will decide the depth of colour change required.

The skeins in the top picture are brighter as they were pre mordanted with Alum before being dyed in the onion skin vat.

The first skein in each picture was dyed in the first batch and the skein below in each picture in the second dye lot.

The skeins can be labelled using abbreviation of how the colour was achieved.

Clockwise from top left;

V1 Al+C, V1 Nm+C, V2 Nm+C, V2 Al+C.

Some dyers use the chemical notation, this is my personal 'code'.

There are now 12 different shades of wool all dyed from the same onion skins. The first six pictured all from the first dye lot and the second set pictured all from the second dye lot. The shades altered by the modifying processes described.

 

Further modification can take place by making a bath of Alkaline water. This can be done using washing soda or soda ash. The skeins of wool are soaked in the Alkaline water for up to an hour and then rinsed very thoroughly. The different pH value of the water shifts the shade yet again, the colours seem brighter and other dyers suggest that the lightfastness is improved further.

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The pictures on the left show how the colours can be further modified usind the Alkaline water.

 

Left-Onion Alum, modified with Iron, modified with Copper.

Right-The same three samples soaked in an Alkaline bath.

 

Left-Onion, modified with Iron modified with Copper

Right-These three samples soaked in an Alkaline bath.

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Following these permutations of modifying the original dye colour

24 shades have been produced. All from a bag of dried onion skins!