My friend Linda invited me over last week to learn how to dye silk scarves. Though I am terribly busy at the moment, the artist in me could NOT pass up learning how to make these beautiful scarves.
I ordered my supplies in advance from http://www.DharmaTrading.com online. This order included blank silk scarves and a beginner’s kit of Setasilk colors. I also ordered a resist to play with.
She first laid out a big garbage bag to cover the table. She then filled a casserole dish with water, and we dunked our scarves one at a time, squeezing out the excess water. We then shaped them on the plastic, fanning some and scrunching others (we made three apiece). After they were shaped we chose colors to apply.
I colored my first one with red and orange, but used way too much color. I used my second scarf to absorb the excess color and added some yellow. I believe that one is my favorite! On my third scarf I used turquoise, green and blue.
We put the damp scarves into the original bags, and once I got home I laid them out to dry on another garbage bag. Be careful not to let them touch, or you can end up with a rogue color spot from another scarf.
While they were barely damp, I put them in the dryer one at a time to set the colors (approx. 5 minutes each).
Once the colors were set it was time to wash them in a gentle soap (I used Woolite), then iron while still damp.
They look and feel beautiful! When I’m wearing a scarf and it blows in the breeze it makes me feel very feminine and glamourous. Ooh La La!
Here are some pictures of the final results.