photo: RV Waldorf school
they look stunning over a playstand canopy...
leaving the hands of excited children, they magically float through the air, tossing their colors around and around..
A rainbow is a celebration of every color!
It's hard to select a favorite color, don't you think?
I officially declare that my favorite color is....rainbow!
Dyeing silk is a favorite hobby of mine...I love the endless possibilities of a blank piece of fabric...I also kind of enjoy the stains on my hands for the next day or two!
Plant dyeing is something I am very interested in. I am hoping to learn more about attaining true jewel toned colors during my early childhood waldorf teacher training this summer.
For now, I dye my silks (and wool!!) with Kool Aid (and black tea). It is budget friendly, non toxic, and easy! I'll bet a lot of you have dyed with kool aid before and have found that it yields fantastic results!
I would also love to learn the art of silk painting using Jacquard dyes, and I am sure that I will one day soon! Budget wise, it's just not possible at this time. But that's more than ok!
Here's how I created a Rainbow Silk using Kool Aid and the stovetop method:
Prepare your first color: Red (or purple!). I used one packet of cherry kool aid and a little bit more than 6 inches of boiling water in my dyeing pot.
"Scrunch" up your silk and immerse a small section of the end of your silk into the pot. Secure the silk into place with the help of 2 clothespins.
*Be careful doing this step! The rest of your silk will hang down outside of the pot. I sometimes use another clothespin to secure the tail end to something stationary on my counter...we have an electric stove, so I don't have to worry about an open flame...this may be the only thing an electric stove is good for!! Do not leave unattended!!*
Keep the fabric immersed for about 3 minutes. Rinse well with warm, then gradually cool water.
Follow the same step for your next colors, "scrunching" into dyeable sections and using clothespins to secure safely. (length of the sections depend on the total length of your silk.)
Congratulations! You just created a beautiful silk while working on a budget! Rainbow silks retail for more than $20.00...what was your project cost? Mine was $4.55 for the silk, and 20 cents a piece for each color...! The above photo was my very first attempt at dyeing a rainbow. I think, with practice, my results will get better and better:)
I created this rainbow silk using an 8" x 72" silk scarf, rather than a 30" x 30" piece. This would be a great beginner project, as the silk is smaller in width; thus making the sectioning a whole lot easier!
Most importantly, your child will see that you have created something beautiful and meaningful for them with your own hands. That's....priceless!