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Magic Marbled Cloth

Extract from Eco Colour • By India Flint • Published by Murdoch Books


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20 mins

Magic marbled cloth using onion skins

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© 2023 India Flint / Murdoch Books · Reproduced with permission.
  • How to make a dyeing. Magic Marbled Cloth - Step 1
    Step 1

    Collect a quantity of skins from brown and red (Spanish) onions. Have ready a piece of silk — habutai or crêpe de chine works well.

  • How to make a dyeing. Magic Marbled Cloth - Step 2
    Step 2

    Lay the silk flat on the work surface and spread the onion skins over the silk.

  • How to make a dyeing. Magic Marbled Cloth - Step 3
    Step 3

    Moisten using a hand-mister filled with vinegar (or any of the non-toxic home- made mordants). Starting at one edge, roll the silk with the onion skins inside.

  • How to make a dyeing. Magic Marbled Cloth - Step 4
    Step 4

    When you have a sausage shape, roll that up as well. Tie tightly with string or fasten with rubber bands. Moisten the outside with a little more liquid, bundle in a plastic bag (or place in a jar with lid), and set aside for at least a week, preferably one month.

  • How to make a dyeing. Magic Marbled Cloth - Step 5
    Step 5

    If mould appears, place the object in a snap-lock bag and freeze for a few days. Alternatively, steam it over boiling water for 30 minutes.

  • Step 6

    Unwrap, shaking off the plant material (this is best done outside in the garden if you have one).

  • Step 7

    Allow to dry, then press with a steam iron (use a pressing cloth). Allow to rest at least a few days before first rinsing.

  • Step 8

    The most difficult thing about this method is resisting opening the bundle to check on the colour!

  • Step 9

    Post-mordant in an iron-rich solution (or spray on using the hand-mister) and observe the colours change to olive greens and browns.

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yaddayadda · 15 projects
Any after shots?
Jet H.
Jet H. · Haarlem, North Holland, NL · 108 projects
smart trick, like this methode , think i will try it out too.
think you can use too cotton, i'm not so fond of silk-S
hey thank you for your great tute and the sharing!!!;-D

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