Friday, May 5, 2017
Drizzle Dyed Silk Scarf
I started my journey as a dyer almost 20 years ago… hard to believe! In the beginning, I pretty much stuck with learning how to tie-dye t-shirts with traditional patterns. But at some point, I started to experiment with other techniques, and discovered I can make it up as I go along… freedom! Drizzle dyeing comes under that heading, and I thought it would be fun to share it with you.
I fell in love with the wonderful markings that are achieved using this technique. As with any hand dyed fabric, no two come out exactly alike, making it a form of wearable art in my opinion.Here is the process I follow to achieve these results:
I use a long, narrow project board I created from foam board, a piece of lightweight cotton, and covered with heavy duty plastic. I have 3 colors of dyes mixed – Turquoise, Bright Green and a light mixture of Azure Blue.
I soda soaked my habotai silk scarf for 15 minutes, squeezed out the excess, laid on the project board and “scrunched” up to form the peaks/valleys.
Here, I have drizzled the Turquoise using my eyedropper. I tend to dye sparingly on these, as the dyes migrate over the peaks & valleys, creating the patterns. Leaving some white enhances the overall look.
Here is the scarf after I applied the other two colors. I covered with a plastic trash bag to batch, typically for about an hour.
And here is the result. In this case, the colors are light and soft, just right for a spring or summer accent! Let me know if you give this a try… would love to see your results!