Blue – 4 packets berry blue
Green – 4 packets Lemon Lime
Pink – 3 Packets Pink Lemonade
You can vary the darkness of the shade based on how many packets you use.)
First you will need to purchase blank playsilks. I purchased these Habotai scarves from Dharma trading in these sizes:
21″ by 21″ (which is the smaller pink one- great for babies) and 35″ by 35″ (which is a great general size for a playsilk).
While you wait for these to come in the mail go buy some unsweetened Kool-Aid and some vinegar. (Gloves would also be a good idea! If you don’t have gloves then do what I did… put your hand in a ziplock bag)
Pre-soak your play silks in water for 30 minutes and add a 1/4 cup of vinegar.
How to dye play silks:
I tried three different methods to dye the playsilks.
Using another silver container (like the one I used to soak the playsilk in) I added 3 packets of pink lemonade and added boiling water(from my kettle). I made sure to mix it in and then placed my silk scarf in. The pink scarf measured 21″ by 21″ so it fit appropriately in the container.
I left it in for a few minutes until the water it was soaking in turned clear. (Maybe 3-4 minutes). I then rinsed it out and surprisingly no color ran. Laid it out to dry and it looks great.
Method Two: On the stove.
Turn the heat down to medium and mix every so often.
When the water turns clear-ish (after about 20 minutes) and it looks like the play silk has sucked in all the color you can take it out and rinse it until the color stops running. (Again, mine didn’t run at all)
Hang to Dry.
As you can see the green didn’t dye evenly, it took on a bit of a tie dye look. A lot of people prefer it that way since it looks pretty.
Me? I’m not really sure which look I like better…
The dye took on a tie dye approach because the silk was scrunched up when I put it in the pot. If you like it like that then use a smaller dish/pot. If you want it even then use a bigger pot or add your play silk slowly making sure to get even coverage.
Since I wanted the blue to be more even(after dyeing it on the stove) I added one more packet of berry blue to a large cookie sheet, added some hot water(enough to cover the silk) and I placed the playsilk evenly in. (It was sort of flat like how you would fold a blanket).
It dyed beautifully and very even. The light spot in the pic above on the blue is the sun.
(I’m sure this can be done without using the stove like in Method One).
There are many different ways this can be done. One of which is by using the microwave. I plan to try that in the future since I ordered A LOT of play silks and have many colors to try.
Have you made playsilks? I’d love to see so we can get ideas on colors 🙂