Last year I wrote this post on dyeing silk scarves with silk ties. I thought it was time for an update especially since I was going to be demonstrating the technique on one of our local television stations.
Here I am on the set of the WEHT Local Lifestyles with Ange, the host, yesterday before my segment.
If you’d like to see my dyeing silk scarves with ties tutorial on WEHT, here is the link to the segment.
Hubby was also on – making mustard!
Ron and Ange taste the mustard while Dave looks on. Here is the link to Dave’s segment:
So let’s get to the tutorial on dyeing scarves with silk ties.
First of all, you have to use silk ties. Be sure and check the small end of the tie which shows the fabric content. Polyester ties will not work. You can find lots of ties at thrift stores.
Next, I highly recommend testing your ties before you use them. Follow the same procedure I’ve outlined below, but just cut small pieces of the ties and use a piece of silk. Here is an example of how different ties look when dyed. This will help you in designing your scarves.
Here is a list of what you will need:
- silk ties
- silk scarf or fabric (dharmatrading.com)
- cotton fabric cut a little wider and longer than the silk you are dyeing
- string, rubber bands, or sinew
- dowel, stick or skewer
- pot for water
- white distilled vinegar
- weight for holding down fabric in pot
Let’s get started. Cut your cotton fabric a bit longer and wider than your silk piece. It will serve as the carrier for this project. This “carrier” can be used over and over again so hold on to it after you are finished dyeing. Place silk scarf or silk fabric right side up on top of the cotton carrier.
Continue placing your scarves until you get to the halfway mark and your pin.
Now cover the cut ties with the other half of the scarf.
Take your time doing this. The ties will shift, but the slower you roll, the less shift. (I need to add here, if you are into perfection, this is not the art for you. It’s pretty impossible for the ties not to shift a bit when rolled.)
Once rolled, tie to keep together. I use artificial sinew, but you could use string or rubber bands.
Now let this bundle boil for 20 minutes. Of course, you can go longer if you’d like, but I found 20 minutes was adequate.
Pull the bundle out of the hot water – be careful – and put on an old towel.
Cut your strings.
That’s it – easy peasy! As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, do a test dye with small pieces of your ties. It’s well worth the time and effort. Otherwise you might end up with a scarf like the one above. It’s pretty, but too light.
Lastly, if you have a silk scarf that you don’t particularly like, you could dye over it with these ties. Here is a scarf I had dyed green and really hated it. Then I dyed it with ties and it changed completely.