Silk scarf dyed with onion skins and vinegar, cold-bundled for two months.
Close-up of the vinegar scarf - a very pretty light apricot hue all over with wonderful textures from the yellow and red onion skins the silk was bundled with.
This is the scarf which had saltwater mordant. The silk stayed white but the onion skins gave exciting textures in beautiful shades of amber.
Saltwater mordant scarf up close
Here are the two side by side. A subtle but noticeable difference.
The saltwater scarf is in the center, flanked on each side by the vinegar scarf. I followed India Flint's simple directions for processing after un-bundling, merely shaking off all the plant material, allowing the silk to dry and then steam-ironing using a pressing cloth.
Although I don't favor subtle colors, I am thrilled with my first-ever onion skin dyes. What are you experimenting with this summer?