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Topic: Autumn Elise shawl dyed with red and yellow onion skins (lots of pics!)  (Read 20811 times)
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« on: September 01, 2011 01:22:22 PM »


This has been my big summer project and I'm happy to be able to share it with you now!  Cheesy

It all started with a lucky girl who was given a raw fleece of local sheep (sorry don't know what kind of sheep):


And then I started spinning most of the white wool on my drop spindle. I left some brown/grey pieces in it on purpose, for a nice effect.

and spinning..


And after days of almost non-stop spinning I had 10 skeins of (almost) white yarn.


At our local greengrocer I've been collecting onion skins, because after eating onion soup, pasta with onions, onion bread, etc...I thought this would be a quicker way  Wink
And with some help from internet and the book Wild Colour (can be found on Amazon) I started dyeing...
I used iron and alum mordant to prepare the fibers and then yellow skins for yellow/orange and red skins for a green colour.





Et voilà, le résultat:

The more orange coloured one on the left is made with iron mordant + yellow skins.
The greens are beautiful moss green, but somehow my camera won't catch the right colour.

On my holiday in the North of France I started the real work. First, making workable balls of yarn.



And then the crocheting! I used the "Elise shawl" pattern from Ravelry, but in stead of adding the picot edging I decided to make it more my own style and made braids at both ends with knots (sorry, don't know the appropiate English term, but you see what I mean  Wink)


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and done! (shown by the legal heir of the shawl  Wink)


And this is how I'll be wearing it (it looks a bit small this way, because part of it is folded):



Merci et au revoir!
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« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2011 01:27:55 PM »

That is AMAZING and beautiful!  Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2011 01:35:30 PM »

From sheep to shawl...what a lovely project...you must be so proud to have done it all yourself!
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« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2011 02:00:55 PM »

This is really beautiful!  I love the color gradient in it, and the lace pattern complements the yarn so well.  Gorgeous!
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« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2011 02:06:00 PM »

This is so beautiful!  I love the variety of colors you got from the onion skins.  Nice work!
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« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2011 03:38:32 PM »

I love the colors and the pattern.  You did a great job.
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« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2011 03:43:43 PM »

This is absolutely great!!!  Love the onion skin variation!
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« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2011 03:49:33 PM »

Love the natural dying technique and it looks beautiful on you!
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« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2011 05:06:24 PM »

I love that you started with a fleece. So beautiful.
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« Reply #9 on: September 01, 2011 05:28:39 PM »

This is fantastic! What a process!
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« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2011 02:03:08 PM »

This is beautiful! Both the shawl and the dyeing are truly stunning. It makes me look forward to dyeing some wool with onion skins! I've been saving tons and tons of onion skins for some as-yet-undetermined project, and I steal them out of the bins whenever I go shopping. XD
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« Reply #11 on: September 02, 2011 08:07:17 PM »

Absolutely stunning! I love the colors you got with the onion skins, and I can't imagine having to spin all that yarn on a drop spindle. You did a fantastic job!
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« Reply #12 on: September 02, 2011 09:02:44 PM »

I keep thinking about the fact that you spun this on a drop spindle!!  It's totally awesome,  and so very impressive.   
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« Reply #13 on: September 03, 2011 01:11:39 AM »

I keep thinking about the fact that you spun this on a drop spindle!!  It's totally awesome,  and so very impressive.   
Yes I almost bought a spinning wheel when I came back from holiday, but my appartment is simply too small  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #14 on: September 03, 2011 01:15:37 AM »

This is beautiful! Both the shawl and the dyeing are truly stunning. It makes me look forward to dyeing some wool with onion skins! I've been saving tons and tons of onion skins for some as-yet-undetermined project, and I steal them out of the bins whenever I go shopping. XD


You really should try it and with red skins too (so strange that it becomes green!), it's fun and the colours come out really pretty.
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« Reply #15 on: September 03, 2011 07:11:24 AM »

wow this is amazing.
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« Reply #16 on: September 03, 2011 11:36:17 AM »

Wow! It's amazing that you made the shawl from start to finish! What an experience Smiley
It's absolutely gorgeous! You must be super proud.
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« Reply #17 on: September 03, 2011 11:52:21 AM »

It's beautiful.  I was ready to turn in my crochet hooks and just stick with sewing, but I think you've changed my mind.  Heh, I guess I'll get the yarn I was going to return to Michaels back out of the car.  Smiley

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« Reply #18 on: September 04, 2011 01:07:52 PM »

 Shocked   Beautiful!    This makes me want to learn how to spin but then I think about my cats going crazy and I change my mind.   Grin   Amazing work.
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« Reply #19 on: September 05, 2011 03:42:28 AM »

It's beautiful.  I was ready to turn in my crochet hooks and just stick with sewing, but I think you've changed my mind.  Heh, I guess I'll get the yarn I was going to return to Michaels back out of the car.  Smiley

Glad you changed your mind  Wink There are so many beautiful and easy patterns to be found.
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« Reply #20 on: September 05, 2011 03:43:57 AM »

Shocked   Beautiful!    This makes me want to learn how to spin but then I think about my cats going crazy and I change my mind.   Grin   Amazing work.
It did drive my cat crazy too sometimes....but luckily shes a lazy one who spends a lot of time sleeping on our bed, so I can spin quietly  Wink
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« Reply #21 on: September 05, 2011 07:19:48 AM »

Wow! The amount of time and hard work you put into this is amazing, you should be very proud. It came out beautifully!!
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« Reply #22 on: September 11, 2011 10:58:32 AM »

Wow I love that the colors are all from onion skins! It's wonderful to see it go from sheep to shawl - amazing to see the fleece, thank you!
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« Reply #23 on: September 13, 2011 12:00:30 AM »

I love natural dying. Thanks for the descriptive pictures!
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