Imagine a world with no colored fabric. Look in your closet, at your furniture, at your towels and your curtains. Imagine everyone dressed only in white. Such a drab existence does not suit human beings. Long before Rit came in packets, color was everywhere. Beautiful colors were produced from plants, wood scraps, mud, shellfish, and even bugs.

My friends and I once spent an entire summer experimenting with natural dyes. It was a fun way to bring more color into our lives; it’s sure to be the same for you. Many natural sources of dye are still available today and are simple to use. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to dye wool using the ubiquitous onionskin. This is a grand project for adults and children, singly or in groups (supervise children!).