I was just cruising though the grocery department yesterday when I saw a little packet of shallots for a mere 25p. Of course, the first thing I thought was, "Hmm, there's another job I don't have time for. I'll take them anyway!"
As I've been clearly out my craft stash I've stumbled across a few balls of very fine, white mercerised yarn. So, I wound a bit of that onto a flat, plastic lid...
...and popped it into my microwaveable pressure cooker with water and vinegar (just splashed it in, no measuring)...
Oh, not forgetting the bed of shallot skins too! Then nuked it for about 20 mins with occasional peeking and prodding. And so, the first lot turned out like this:
The left overs were so dark I thought I'd try some more. With a bit more vinegar in (I don't know why but I do know that the house still stinks hours later), I just wound a few yards this time:
I repeated the process for a total of 3 times (no extra vinegar after the second go though!) and the results can be seen in the top shot. A very lovely shade of what I tend to describe as 'tobacco'. Terrible name, great colour, very satisfying project!
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