How-to: Dye Silk with Kool-aid to Make Washable Play Silks and Wearable Fabric

let the silk soak in the dye bath for ten minutesPut only as many silk scarves into the dye bath as will be able to agitate loosely without clumping together, doubling the recipe for the dye bath if needed for a giant scarf. If the silk remains folded or crumpled or clumped together for the entire soaking time, it will dye with a mottled look.

When the silk is immersed, set your timer for ten minutes. Stir the pot often to agitate the fabric and ensure that it remains loose in the dye bath.

Next >> Heat-set and Rinse

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  1. the actual amount of kool-aid should be 1 packet to 1 oz of silk… I use the same process to hand dye wool yarn.

    You can also use eye droppers or sponge brushes to paint the ‘dye’ on the playsilk, the way you would dye a skien of yarn… You can also mix up the kool-aid, water, and vinegar in a microwave safe bowl, add the silk, and microwave for 2 minutes, let rest for 2 minutes, microwave for 2 minutes, let rest for 2 minutes, lather rinse repeat until the water is clear or mostly clear. (It will be hot, as will your playsilk at this point) dump in the sink and rinse in hot water, gradually cooling, until there is no dye coming out of them

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