Saturday, April 9, 2011

Dyeing with ties

A few weeks ago, Judy and I used all of our collection of men's silk ties to dye other pieces of silk and cotton. We had seen an article in Quilting Arts quiltingarts.com about the process and decided to try.
It's important to have 100% silk ties.  We took them apart by simply clipping and pulling out the silk thread.  We decided to iron open each tie because it gave us a lot more fabric. 
We laid different pieces of ties out on purchased white silk scarves from dharma trading www.dharmatrading.com.  We like placing them on the diagonal and overlapping or extending a tie along most of the length of the scarf.
The layering was then rolled from the short ends and tied with cotton string in a shibori way.  Just enough to keep everything together and tight.
These are then boiled in an aluminum pan with a couple of tablespoons of vinegar for 20 minutes.  I'm not sure why the aluminum but it worked so we didn't switch. 
After cooling the "logs" they were unwrapped, rinsed and dried to have these fabulous one of a kind scarves and pieces of silk.  I did some silk yardage that I'm saving for just the right project.
We found we could use silk scarves from thrift shops or drawers as well.  Each time we used them there would be less transfer but that was ok. 
A very fun project with some very unique results. 

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