Natural Dye – Red Onion Skins

An index card on a white table. On the left, the information for the red onion dye detailed on this web page is handwritten in blue ink. 

On the right, 3 yarn samples and 2 fabric samples are stapled to the card. The BFL tween yarn sample is a burnt orange color. The cotton yarn, cotton fabric, and linen fabric samples are an orange tint yellow. The handspun sample is a light brown.

BFL Tweed – Cotton Yarn – Cotton Fabric – Linen Fabric


  • 14.5 g red onion skins
  • 119.3 g fiber samples
  • 9.5 g alum (8%)
  • Simmer onion skins 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Dissolve alum (all in one) and add the wet fiber samples
  • Simmer 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Let soak overnight
  • Rinse and water with Soak

2nd bath with:

  • 85.3 g handspun
  • 6. alum (8%)

Same steps.

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