I also hand dyed a few more – I couldn’t stop (!) and they are pictured below. I love the soft color of these, they are also mottled, giving them some depth. Try silk it is wonderful fabric.
So today I show you some fat quarters that I dyed recently. Silk receives dye very well allowing for a deep saturation. I just love the results achieved in this fabric. Silk noil is a nubby coarse type of silk, but once washed it becomes a much softer texture with a beautiful drape.These fat quarters (above) are mottled colors as you can see, with the exception of the black quarters. Easy to care for – throw in the wash on gentle and can be machine dried or hung.
When dyeing items with long fringe – you should know one thing. I think I will just show you rather than try to describe it! Fortunately I have been able to untangle this with little difficulty – however one must be patient and wait for it to dry. Then be patient some more so that you can untangle it – a time-consuming effort. It is much more difficult to unravel this when wet. I would venture to say though that it would have been smarter to have prevented this prior to dyeing. I’m quite sure that there is a way and I will find out what it is!
Hints: To begin with DON’T get tangled up in the first place. Secondly: wait until dry. Third: start to untangle from the bottom of the fringe up. Then gently pull EACH strand – if you meet resistance go to another strand. They will untangle with a bit of time and patience.
So take this as friendly advice – think about the fringe when dyeing- don’t stir the pot too much! lol
This is a raw silk covered pillow dyed a springy chartreuse green accented with bulky variegated wool. I needle punched the wool in place just enough to see the fibers come out on the reverse side. Then I hand stitched some gold embroidery floss in a braided fashion to secure it even further. I did not want detract from the colors of the wool and am pleased that the embroidery floss has accented and given another texture to the look. The raw silk also know as silk noil is a very flexible nubby textured silk. Silk takes so well to dye sometimes with surprising results. The result here was exactly what I was looking for – so there was no surprise.