I love ties. When I’m trolling local thrift stores I always have to stop by the tie rack and see what lovelies I can find. Until recently I really didn’t know what to do with them but add them to my stash. I thought about cutting them up and making something, but then I ran across this idea – dyeing silk with these lovely ties.
I found a tutorial in Quilting Arts October/November 2010 issue, but didn’t find much information online so I thought I’d share my tutorial.
So here is what these silk scarves look like dyed with silk ties.
First of all you need to use silk ties and silk fabric. This technique will not work on any other fabric.
You will need the following:
- silk ties
- silk scarf or fabric
- cotton fabric cut a little larger than the fabric you are dyeing
- string, rubber bands, or sinew
- pot for water
- weight for holding down fabric in pot
Place cotton fabric on table and lay the silk fabric face up on top of it. In this tutorial I used a previously dyed scarf which also works. In fact, the middle scarf in the above picture of three was a mistake and the ties covered my mistakes! But you can start with just a white one too. I didn’t iron this scarf before “dyeing” it, but you might want to do that.
Fill a pot with water and bring to a boil. Add 2 – 3 tablespoons of white distilled vinegar to the water and then place the fabric bundle in the water. To keep the bundle from floating, place some type of weight on top of it. Anything you use for dyeing should never be used again for cooking.
Here is the result from that dyeing.
Here are some closeups of my other scarves. This first scarf was the scarf that I had previously dyed and didn’t like. The ties covered up my mistakes.
The following two scarves were white to start.
It’s a fun technique. Be sure you use ties that are dark. Light ties won’t dye. The ties also have to be silk. Supposedly the ties can be reused a couple times, so I have a bin of them waiting.
If you try this, I’d love to see your results. Have a creative rest of the week.
UPDATE: See my new tutorial on dyeing silk scarves with ties HERE.