Thank you for visiting artful embellishments. This is the third year for this blog and I am so happy to keep publishing. I started in 2011 and began with a quilt of the week, this lead to the leaf of the week for my newly designed paper tree that is located on the wall of my garage in 2012.......2013 is going to bring a lot of excitement and positive change. As a personal challenge for 2013, I plan on designing a artist trading card each week to be featured on the blog.
With so many interests, there will be quilting, art quilting, leaves (and more leaves), as well as experiments in thermofax screen printing, fabric dying, and tons of DIY recycle projects. I may even enter that altered fashion scene. To a happy and healthy 2013, may we all find happiness in those things we create....thank you for stoping by artful embellishments.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Silk Tie Dying

I absolutely love to dye fabric. It can be time consuming, so I often don't get to it as often as I would like. I had some time this weekend to use silk ties to dye white silk fabric. This technique was out of the october/november issue of quilting arts magazine. The process is really simple and the sky is the limit on the types of colors and patterns you can get on the silk. This is a sample of the 8 yards of silk that I was able to dye with silk ties from the thrift store.  The only ingredients are silk ties (yes they must be silk, don't be fooled with imitation cotton ones!), vinegar, boiling water, silk, and rubber bands. The neck ties can be cut or used in a full length. They are placed in between two pieces of plain silk. The silk is placed between two pieces of cotton muslin. The fabric is then rolled and then tied with rubber bands. The fabric is boiled in vinegar water for 20 minutes and voila! Interesting fabric! I love the fact that the ties shift and so different tones, with some fractured white space occur. I hope to have time to use this fabric in some sewing projects.

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