I’ve been playing around for the past few weeks with natural fabric dyes, as in: dyeing fabric with plant materials. The urge dropped into my head over the holidays, and so I went-a-searching online for ideas and recipes. I found this website (with a great video at the bottom) and this website and then got started messing around.
I also got inspired from some tie-dying tutorials I saw on YouTube and started trying to create designs by tying off parts of the fabric with string. I’ve mostly had success with using red and yellow onion skins—they create great, rich earthtones. I especially love the effects of red onion skin!
I’m looking forward to more blooming weather when I can start looking around for plants I can try for other colors, but so far it has been great fun and I would recommend it as top-notch textile play for anyone who has these sorts of leanings. Here are some pictures (although the photos don’t do the colors justice). I think they look especially vibrant with sun shining through.