Saturday, April 02, 2011
Dyeing Silk Scarves with Spectra Art Tissue : Demo by Joanne
At the March Meeting, Joanne taught us how to dye silk scarves like these with Spectra Art Tissue and a spray bottle with water. This method is safe enough to use with kids.
Joanne provided a Kit (Kit Fee $5) containing 1 silk scarf, an assortment of tissue paper (SpectraArt Tissue Paper).
Other things to bring :
Spray bottle with H2O
gallon-size zip-lock bag (to take it home)
plastic drop cloth / garbage bags to protect the tables
To begin, you just tear the tissue paper into pieces the size you want to use.
Then just lay the tissue paper on the scarf. Spray it with water, so that the color migrates from the tissue to the silk. Keep layering the silk with tissue paper and spray it with water.
It doesn't take long ...
In this picture, you can see the "spent" tissue paper next to the newly dyed silk scarf. All the color has migrated to the silk--which is exactly what we wanted to happen.
Let the silk scarf dry and then heat set the colors. Joanne used a warm dryer for 10 minutes. You could probably also use a warm iron, too.
Bring your scarves back next month so we can see how they turned out!
Please note : If you try this technique and have problems, please re-read the instructions.
There's NO vinegar and NO cold (or-hot)-water rinse in this technique. The scarves are left to air dry on their own, then HEAT SET with DRY Heat (as from an iron or a dryer). I have several scarves from this session (and later) and I've never had a problem with the colors running. Just follow the directions ... [Note added 9/22/2015]