This week my family hosted a Waldorf inspired silk dying day. We used Kool Aid to dye the silk. It was really fun and worked surprisingly well!
Here’s how to do it:
We ordered bolts of silk from Dharma Trading Co.
First, soak your silk in equal parts hot water and white vinegar.
While it is soaking, prepare your dye bath:
3 Kool Aid packets
2 cups hot water
2 cups vinegar
The kool-aids we used were cherry, grape, orange, lemonade, lemon – lime, and blue raspberry.
Put your silk in the dye bath and stir for two minutes. You might want to wear gloves and aprons. It’s really cool to watch the silk absorb the color and the water turn clear.
Rinse the silk in cool water until the water runs clear.
Hang your silk to dry.
We got very creative making rainbow play cloths.
And bellydance veils.
My boys made juggling cloths.
Some folks dyed yarn.
7 thoughts on “Silk Dying Tutorial”
We had so much fun!! Thanks for hosting and teaching and sharing your vinegar!!! 🙂
We had a ton of fun too! I just love the turmeric silk we made! thank you for the turmeric!
What a fun day! We love doing all sorts of dyeing, too. Beautiful blog! It looks like a blissful life. 🙂
I am a very lucky woman.
does the cut silk need hemming?
I'm also wondering about the silk you bought by the bolt. How did the edges hold up after play? Did you hem them?
I did not hem the edges. Not even on my fancy bellydance veils.