Last time we did this, I didn't post about it and didn't write down what I did. I remember thinking it was really easy (particularly since before that we dyed a few with natural plant dyes) and I found the directions easily online, so there was no need to bother.
But I've had these silks waiting to get dyed, and several of our current ones are torn, and I wasn't sure which tutorial to follow. I remembered doing something on the stove, but couldn't remember what.
I found this tutorial which has most of what I needed. I still don't remember exactly what we did last time, but this time, I pretty much followed the directions in the linked tutorial. The only significant difference is that I brought the colored water to an almost boil in an old pot on the stove before adding the silks and then we swished it around until we liked the color. I used about 15 drops of color for each bath and used the least amount of water necessary to fully cover the playsilk and have a little room for swishing (we're super water conscious over here!!) To save water, I also dyed purple after blue using the blue water bath as a start and dyed the orange after red using the red water bath as a start.
We used the 30"x30" Habotai silks from Dharma. I like that size the best - the kids greatly prefer them to the 22" square ones.
My red isn't so red - I guess I needed more dye for that one, or more time in the bath. If there are any complaints, we can always put it back in for more dye later...
|Yoav dyeing playsilk|
|Food dye colored playsilks|