Margaret and I were inspired to try the dye transfer technique, featured in the October/November Quilting Arts Magazine. For the last month, Margaret has been visiting thrift stores looking for 100% silk men’s ties, in colorful and interesting patterns. This afternoon, we met to give it a try.
First – lay out the silk scarves in an interesting pattern.
Fill up half the scarf with silk ties, then fold scarf over. Because the ties are two sided, the scarf will be dyed from both sides.
When scarf is full, roll up inside muslin into a tight bundle. Tie with string.
Put in non-cooking dye pot with water, and 4 tablespoons vinegar. Boil for 20 minutes.
Rinse with cold water, and open up to reveal pattern. It is almost as good as Christmas morning opening gifts. You never know what color will transfer. For example, a black patterned tie transferred as a beautiful green. The scarves fairly shimmered in the sunlight.
What is next? We need more 100% silk ties!