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

untie the rubber band around the silkAfter a particular color is dyed, rinse and wash as usual in your washing machine, leaving the baggies tied shut. This prevents any bleed-out of excess dye, and makes the entire dye process much simpler and more user-friendly.

After a particular fabric section has been dyed and then washed, however, untie the baggies and remove the fabric. I like to undo the rubber band that’s tied between a dyed section of fabric and an adjacent undyed section, so that I can slightly overdye it with the next color to make a smooth transition.

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Written by Julie Finn

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, and my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties.

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