This week's blog is brought to you by Fiber Arts Artist, Ammi Brooks of Ammi's Art.
I started dyeing silk scarves a few years ago. I must say that I am a novice and learned most of my lessons online. I will tell you a little of my processes and share some online videos for you to use and enjoy.
Since I live in small spaces I have found that using the microwave oven to dye works well for me. I bought one especially for dyeing. I’d like to share my favorite video with you that demonstrates the process of dyeing a scarf in a microwave oven using acid dyes.
I love the interplay of the dyes and the vinegar-soaked scarves. I recently started using Procion dyes because I wanted to dye bamboo socks with 6% spandex and the acid dyes wouldn’t take. Procion dyes did take and are non-toxic and do not have to be heated to make the dyes permanent, though you do have to use soda ash as a presoak.
After the scarf is dyed it is covered or placed into a plastic bag so that it will stay wet for 12-24 hours. Check out this reading material about using these dyes. I source all of my silk scarves, bamboo socks, and dyes from Dharma Trading Company in Northern California.
Another method to dye scarves is called ice dyeing! I tried this a few years back. It was fun but I felt I wasted too much dye. Here is a fun video about dyeing with ice!