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« on: April 01, 2011 09:32:11 AM »

This project was inspired by a magazine article...unfortunately, I can no longer find the magazine. But it was probably Fiber Arts. Sorry to not give full credit!

Basically, this project takes advantage of the poor colorfastness of printed silk.

You need printed silk ties or scarves, unprinted silk yardage, undyed cotton yardage, string, water, stock pot and vinegar.

Step one is to cut up the ties. Feels a little wasteful...but remember they can be reused for several printings. And if they're thriftstore ties, this is probably their last chance anyway!

Then you create layers. First, lay down some undyed cotton fabric (like muslin). You're going to layer muslin, then the ties, then the silk. You can also put another layer of muslin on the top, if you have alot of red in your tie colors (red bleeds so much, the extra muslin will soak some of it up and keep it from staining your entire project).

Next, you roll it up. As tightly as possible to keep the ties in place. Tie it with undyed string.

Then fill your pot with cold water, add vinegar (I used 2 tbsp in this pot). And dunk your fabric roll(s) in the water. [You want to weigh down the rolls...so put a heat proof pan, plate, smaller pot cover, etc on top of your rolls to keep them immersed. Otherwise they float and you'll get uneven printing]. Place on the stove top, heating water to a boil. Once boiling, keep on high heat for 20 minutes.

After boiling, drain the pot and rinse the rolls with cold water until the run off water is clear.

Then unroll and see the surprise!

Lastly, hang dry. After dry, press with a hot iron to help set the color (it will never be super colorfast...just like the ties weren't).

Here is the finished silk fabric. As you can see, the transferred print colors are much softer than the original tie colors. But I LOVE the soft, aged, antiqued colors. I'm planning to make a bunch of these and then cut them into quilt squares and make a silk patchwork coverlet for my bed. Watch the Quilting section for that...many months down the road!

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« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2011 09:51:46 AM »

Oh my goodness! This is awesome! Thank you for the tutorial!
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« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2011 11:08:18 AM »

This rocks!  Wink I will definitely buy up all the ties at the thrift store.
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« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2011 12:17:52 PM »

Oh Id love to make a fluttery summer skirt out of that! I had no idea silk ties had such poor colorfastness! This is definitely going in the bookmarks to try at some point..

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« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2011 02:22:19 PM »

This... is one of the best ideas EVER!
So cool. I need to buy me some ties Grin
thank you so much for the tutorial

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« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2011 02:28:40 PM »

oooooh this is DEFINITELY getting bookmarked, thank you for the awesome tute!! it seems like stripes would come out really awesome like this!

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« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2011 07:56:41 PM »

Magic!  This is really beautiful, thanks for sharing. 

Do the colors of the original ties just get washed out? 
« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2011 08:22:02 AM »

I think it would be cool to do it without cutting up the ties, just ripping open the backs and laying them together. You could get some really cool LONG repeats. Someday I will try this. Hey, I wonder what happened to that tie skirt I was making.

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« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2011 03:24:47 PM »

this is so awesome.  I wish I had more ties....

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