As you may know,
I've become intrigued with eco dyeing over the past month.
We have a share in a CSA farm,
so I asked our farmer/friends if they would save onion skins for me,
as I had read that they produced some nice natural dyes.
I've been reading everything I can get my hands on about natural dyeing,
and learned that just plain rose leaves will print beautifully!
So yesterday afternoon I made up a packet of silk crepe and
leaves of roses, oaks, and river birches;
and then submerged it in a red onion dye bath.
It simmered - never a boil, as I used silk - for several hours,
and I'm thrilled with the results!
below you can see the progression as the rose leaves
grow more faint:
This is the very outer end of the silk,
darkest because it was so exposed to the onion skins.
I had placed two river birch leaves here.
Here you can see both the river birch impression
and the rose leaves
(oh and of course, the twine that wrapped my packet).
The oak leaves are quite faint
I had thought that I was going to have to move to
Australia or California -
in order to have easy access to Eucalyptus leaves!
Now I know that through trial,
I will find wonderful local natural dyes!