Thursday, November 29, 2012

Silk Scarves

Yesterday, I was invited to learn how to make silk scarves with transferred dyes which was just perfect because - as you know -  I love learning new things.




We made three - two predominately red and one predominately blue. You can see a bit of the yellow wall behind at far left and the drop cloths in-between. Aren't the colors gorgeous?




The dyes are transferred from cut up bits of silk ties. We used five different ties with each scarf but that's an arbitrary number. You can use as many or as few as you'd like. I learned two methods. With the one above, the silk blank is underneath, the tie bits in the middle, and a drop cloth is placed over top. With the one below...




... the drop cloth is on the bottom, the ties bits in the middle, and the silk blank over top. The blanks we used were 8" x 72". Other sizes are available. They came from Dharma Trading.




Once the layers are in place, they are rolled tightly together. My friend used bamboo skewers to start the roll. I used 1/4" doweling. We discovered that it's better to start rolling right at rather than on to the edge of the silk blank to avoid the bubbling you see in the picture. 




The skewers (doweling) are removed once the roll is tied together and before processing the dyes.




Here the scarves are rinsed and hanging up to dry after which they'll be heat set with a steam iron. The three scarves are in front and the three drop cloths behind. It was a relatively quick and not at all messy process that could easily be applied to other projects. I've done some work with transfer dyes in the past but not much. This was good learning.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - new and transferable techniques

8 comments:

  1. I love the look of this project; it looks like something I would enjoy doing. Will you tell us about the actual dye transfer process?
    Katie

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    1. It's quite easy. The front of the ties and the silk blank are placed right sides together. The dyes are processed in boiling water with 1 cup of vinegar for 20 minutes and then rinsed in cold water, hung to dry, and steam set. The dye transfers from the ties to the silk blank.

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  2. So very beautiful. Please tell us if the artist/instructor has a book or download for this technique we can purchase. I also love to learn new things Ann_B

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    1. Sorry. There isn't a book or at least not one that I know of. She said she'd transferred the method to fabric from another form of surface design.

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  3. Yea, I would also like to know the actual dye process also, I have lots of old ties that would be perfect for this! Thanks....Anna

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  4. Cool! Tutorial coming? I adore scarves!

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  5. Oh, this is very, very cool. Love the resulting scarves! So glad you shared your learning!

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  6. The colours really are lovely. Nice to know there's more than one use for old ties!

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