Fabrics dyeing multi-colored play silks tutorial (1 of 4)

Published on November 7th, 2011 | by Julie Finn

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How-to: Vat Dye Multi-Colored Play Silks and Silk Scarves

put fabric into a watertight baggie

Whether I dye play silks with Kool-aid or dye play silks with professional acid dyes, that first rinse and wash is always make-or-break time.

Will excess dye bleed onto an undyed portion of the fabric? Will it bleed onto a section of silk that I’ve already dyed a different color?

Probably.

To vat-dye multi-colored silks with clean colors and smooth transitions, there are a few different methods that work. This particular method is one of the easiest, since it blocks off all of the fabric that you’re not currently dyeing, allowing you to vat dye and machine wash as usual.

To dye multi-colored play silks for my girls, I begin by banding off different sections of the play silk according to where I’ll want the different colors. So far, this method looks exactly like tie-dyeing cotton, and you can use either rubber bands recycled from the daily newspaper, or twine from your stash.

After I’ve banded off the fabric, however, I put all the sections of the fabric that I’m not going to dye at that moment into a watertight plastic baggie, and I often double-bag it just to be safe. Recycled plastic grocery bags could work for this, as well as rinsed and re-used plastic sandwich bags.

Tightly rubber band or tie the bags closed around the fabric, leaving out just the one section that you’re going to dye right at that moment.

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I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.



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