The goal is to weave a vest out of recycled materials. I obtained five brand new cotton/spandex turtlenecks from Goodwill. They were each mordanted in alum. I created two main dye baths with yellow & red onion skins and fresh & powdered turmeric. The turmeric bath included a bit of washing soda to bring out the yellow. Dividing the two main baths into several other pots I created various shades and totally new colors by using different measurements of iron and myrobalan. I also experimented with painting the onions skins on the turmeric dyed fabric and and vice versus as well as double dipping into all the dye baths. Simply reordering the dye baths when I was dip dying produced different results. Next I washed all the shirts in synthropol and cut them into tiny strips with the grain.
The result was seven different colors of varying shades of blue,purple, yellow and pink. I will test out different colorways with warp and possibly make some accessories along with a vest.
Red & yellow onion skins
Fresh & powdered turmeric