Dying silk hankies- second attempt
was a success!
Turns out, asking experts is a good thing to do! Who’d’ve thunk???
So, I obediently soaked my hankies overnight with some shampoo (it helps the silk abosrb water, since it doesn’t like doing that by itself!) (I was technically told to use washing up liquid, but I didn’t have any to hand).
The way I then dyed the stuff was by sprinkling powdered dye over the damp hankies, wrapping them up in clingfilm and steaming them for about 40 mins. I used the koolaid dye (sold in crafts stores in the UK, rather than food shops…) (it stank so much!) because I wanted all the bright colours! Oh, and a bit of a dark maroon/purple for variety.
Much better than the last attempt!
I especially love the green/yellow/orange one, here have a closeup
The one on the left (turquoise/red/maroon???) looks very messy, so I’m excited to see how that knits up
That being said, I’m being very good and not yet starting knitting with them yet. I want to finish a bunch of other things and then I’ll re-evaluate. I guess this is a problem when your finished things are still stash! Gonna have to think of a way around that one… #toomanyprojectsnotenoughtime