Dyeing Tutorial with turmeric and red cabbage

My interest in natural dyes has extended from soap making onto fabric. In this tutorial I experiment using alum and turmeric.


cotton gauze material, wood beads, yarn, cotton string

3 tsp alum powder

1/4 cup of turmeric

1 cup of dry onion skins

12 and 1/2 cups of tap water


I washed my materials to be dyed with Jenine’s handmade soap to prepare for their immersion into my pot of water. Prior to their immersion I mixed the alum powder into a 1/2 cup of water. I poured the alum solution into the pot of 6 cups of  water and let them boil on high for 10 minutes then simmer for another 50 minutes on low heat. After the materials cooled I added them into my other pot with 6 cups of water, 1 cup of onion skins, and 1/4 cup of turmeric and left them on low heat for an hour. I watched the pot to make sure that the water didn’t start to boil down. After wards voila I was rewarded by nature with these beautiful items.

pot with alum mixture, cotton gauze, cotton string, wool string, raw wood beads, and acrylic stringdyeprojectsscarfandcloseupsoappics 003


turmeric and onion skin pot


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wet materials after hour’s time in onion peel and turmeric pot

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dried materials:

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The scarf is for sell at https://www.etsy.com/shop/jenineshandmadesoap


Red Cabbage tutorial is coming next week. Stay tuned.


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