How could they not be? They are so lovely to look at.
Last year, I set out to create my own rainbow silks....the high prices at Nova and other natural toy suppliers were kind of out of control to me.
This tutorial I created was alright, but the colors never seemed to flow into one another in a most beautiful way.
During my time at Sunbridge this past Summer, one of the teachers mentioned that her birthday gift to each student was always a rainbow silk. Ahh! My ears perked and I shot my hand up into the air....
"How do you dye them?", I asked...
"Easy", she replied.....
Gather your supplies:
-Red dye (I use a RIT dye, for lack of any other easily attainable plant dye)
-Blue dye (I use indigo)
-Yellow dye (I use Turmeric)
-purchase silks here (the best prices I have found)
Begin with the red dye; prepare the dye in a large pot where the silk can move freely. Submerge 1/3 of the silk into the red dye bath. I leave the silk in for about 10 minutes. Rinse.
Next, prepare the blue dye bath. Submerge the other 1/3 (the opposite end) int o the blue dye bath. The middle section of your silk should still be blank. Rinse.
Lastly, prepare the yellow dye bath. Submerge the middle section *and* half of the red and half of the blue. The yellow will create the orange and green section of the rainbow, of course! I leave this section in the dye bath the longest. (about an hour)
Another technique to try is painting the silk with watercolors. I used Stockmar paints, stretched the silk onto a large piece of cardboard, and used a thick brush to paint each section. Let the silk dry overnight...rinse well. Simple and very fool proof. I made one this weekend and loved the results.
...I even decided to stain one of our handwashing step stools...
I'm beginning preparation for our local Waldorf school's Holiday shopping bazaar...I'll have a table featuring gifts for young children, including rainbow silk blankies. I'll be needing some help with the sewing machine (...I don't sew, folks. At least with a machine. But I am ready to learn!!!), but I am thinking they will turn out nicely and hopefully sell. All proceeds will help with travel costs for next Summer's EC Waldorf teacher training...it looks like it's a go for me!!