what you will learn
To create unique splatter patterns on silk using bundle dye technique and natural easy to find dye-stuff
what is unique to this method
This method uses only silk fabric, plant dyes, water, and vinegar. The vinegar helps the silk accept the plant dyes and acts to make the color more vibrant. This method will not work on plant based fiber fabrics such as cotton or linen.
what you will need
MATERIALS: (you will need all of these things)
DYE STUFF: (you can chose which of these you'd like to use - also this is not an exhaustive list, there are many many more plant based dyes)
Pro Tip: I save my onion skins from cooking in a brown paper bag in a dry spot in my pantry so they're ready to use when its time to dye.
Pro tip: How you roll and fold will effect your pattern. Think about how the dye stuff will bleed through the silk. For example, if you're looking for stripes: layout the dye stuff in a line and roll up parallel to your stripes.
SET THE COLOR
Chose one of the below options for how to set your dye. They both work! Steam setting is fast and effective, but slow sun setting allows for you to watch the process and is great if you do not have stove access.
OPTION 1: STEAM SET
OPTION 2: SLOW SUN SET
Once you've set your dye, its time to unbundle to reveal your work!
Pro tip: Once dry, silk can be ironed on low heat. Always safest to place muslin or light cotton between the heat and silk to protect your work while ironing.
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