Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Shibori dyeing with onion skins...

I decided to try the shibori technique using onion skins instead of the colorhue dyes. This was very successful and I know I will do more using this method. The silk picks up the onion skin color in less than an hour while simmering in the pot. I just put the onion skins in a stainless steel pot with water, brought it to a simmering point, threw in the stitched shibori and that was it.

The first pattern is the same as in the last post. Click on the pictures for a closer view.


rows of stitching, pulled tight and knotted

nice texture with just stitching removed

after ironing

14 comments:

Storycloth said...

This is FANTASTIC! Love the colours and pattern mix. Gilly

Notjustnat said...

Gorgeous Deanna. I have been thinking of shibori using natural dye lately. This piece is very encouraging, thanks Deanna - Hugs Nat

cindy said...

these just shimmer!
did you use any kind of mordant?

deanna7trees said...

thanks, cindy. i just put a small amount of vinegar in the water.

Herm said...

love love the great color these onions gave you and the shibori pattern, you are doing beautiful!

Phyllis said...

I definitely would love to try this. It is so beautiful, the design and the color. When I was at my daughter's apt. I was looking at one of her design magazines and saw an article on India Flint with some of her great pieces. One of the pieces looked similar to this in color. She has a new book coming out. I hope you keep experimenting with this. I love watching the technique and the results. You obviously have the sensitivity and talent for shibori. Keep going!

kaite said...

looks fantastic and it's definately orange. some say that orange is hard to get naturally, piffle! yours is brilliant.

lynda Howells said...

looks great. have you tried red onion skins?..they work really well too.xlynda

deanna7trees said...

thanks all.
lynda--haven't been able to get the red onion skins from the grocer as yet. I have a whole carton of the other type onion skins in my garage.

ger said...

This looks very appealing... - last time I used onion skins it gave a (for my taste, at least...) unpleasantly bright yellow - but there´s a bag of more skins I´ve collected waiting in the kitchen, so I´ll give it another try, letting myself being inspired by your shibori patterns...;)

Chris Daly said...

Hi Deanna, I've been enjoying all of your posts in the Shibori workshop and thought I'd say hello. I have yet to post my results but I hope to when I return from my weekend travels. Greetings from Wisconsin. Chris

jude said...

i have onion skins ready to go in the copper pot. as soon as the weather gets warmer, going to set up outside.

woman with wings said...

Deanna, gorgeous! I'm going to try something like this even though I don't even know how to spell shibori (is that right?)!!

Martine said...

its beautiful Deanna..........
i did a lot of shibori years ago but with chemical dyestuf. Should do again but now with naturels.
But i have to wait for warmer weather.
XXXm

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