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Topic: Lots of fun dyeing silk with jacquard acid dyes  (Read 1614 times)
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« on: October 30, 2007 09:57:03 PM »

Over the weekend, I made my apartment (and halfway down the hallway of my building) smell like vinegar. I had a lot of fun dyeing all the great stuff I bought from Dharma Trading Company. I tie dyed a couple silk satin pillowcases and a square silk scarf (which is very wrinkled because I wore it in my hair yesterday). I'm really happy with how they turned out. It makes me wonder why more people don't use tie dye for more subtle designs. Come on, hippies, reel it in a little!  Wink I also dyed a large silk/wool pashmina-size scarf in a really pretty blue-green. The slight color variation throughout it reminds me of the ocean. I think I'll be wearing this a LOT this winter.

« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2007 10:12:50 PM »

Those are so beautiful-absolutely lovely
Where did you learn to do this?
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2007 08:37:37 AM »

Thank you! I just googled tie dye to get some pointers about how it worked. At dharmatrading.com (where I bought my fabrics) they also have some online tutorials. I didn't have rubber bands, so I tied off the fabric with some embroidery thread. Next time I'll use rubber bands, though, as you can see that some thread didn't get tied tight enough and only blocked out a thin line (the left hand lemon-shaped circle on the purple pillowcase). For the red pillowcase, I just folded up one side accordian-style and tied it in two places. Tie dye is really easy, actually. You should give it a try!

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« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2007 09:55:06 AM »

Those are really pretty and I agree 100% about hippies reeling it in! Cheesy

If you can't get the embroidery thread tight enough, you can try using dental floss to stitch a line across your fabric and then pull it tight and tie it around the fabric. But rubber bands work too!
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2007 12:49:30 PM »

Thanks bettykate! I never thought of doing something like that even though I sew occasionally and know that's how to gather fabric for ruffles. I think I might try that out next time.

« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2007 07:16:06 PM »

Beautiful!  I especially love that second one - the red is gorgeous!

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