Don’t you just love a pretty, colorful silk scarf? Did you know that it’s actually very easy to dye your own? All you need is the right tools and some basic know-how.
There are many, many different techniques for “marble” dyeing fabric. I like to experiment with different folding and tie-dyeing methods. Also, there are many ways to set the dye so your final scarf won’t bleed. The acid dyes I use have to be heat set. This can be done by steaming your scarves, heating in the oven or with your microwave. I personally stay away from microwaving silk scarves because it’s too unpredictable (and can burn up your microwave). To begin, cover your table with plastic and make sure you wear old clothes!
Step 1: Supplies:
100% Silk Scarf
Plastic Gallon Bags
Disposable plates and cups
Roasting Pan with steamer basket or old pie tins(disposable -don’t use for food after dyeing!)
Latex gloves (optional)
Step 2: Wash & Soak & Fold!
First you want to wash your silk scarves in warm, soapy water to remove any sizing and oil from your hands. Heat up about a cup of vinegar to very warm, but not hot temp. (Silk loses its luster if exposed to very high temps.) Soak your scarves in the vinegar for about 20 minutes. While your scarves are soaking, mix up the dyes according to the directions on the dye container. Take your scarves out of the vinegar and squeeze out the excess liquid.
Folding How you fold or scrunch your scarf will determine the pattern. For the first scarf, I wanted an “accordion” pattern so I folded it in half lengthwise and beginning at one end, loosely folded it back and forth. Scarf 2, I just wadded and scrunched up in a ball. Place each scarf on a disposable plate. Now comes the fun part…
Step 3: Adding the Dye
Apply 2-3 colors of dye to each scarf – just enough to saturate the fabric. As you can see, I used a bit too much dye but that’s ok Scarf 1 colors: Sapphire Blue and Hot Fuschia Scarf 2 colors: Emerald Green, Turquoise and Yellow Sun