Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Play Day

Yesterday I got together with friends Bonnie Ouellette and Ann Hanewald. Bonnie had us over to her house where she had already mixed dyes for us to play with.

Ann and I have been wanting to dye silk scarves but weren't really interested in going with dye made for silk. Bonnie uses Procyon dyes for cotton fabric and we have been reading on the Art Digest about using Procyon dyes on silk. You have to soak the silk in white vinegar for 30 minutes, ring out and add dye to a baggie.

You then place the baggie in the microwave and steam. We set the time for 2 minutes and, with the exception of the green dye, the dye set in that amount of time. Don't know why the green took longer.

Bonnie and Ann waiting for the silk to steam.

It was so good to get out of the studio and do something other than work on classes. I want to do some stamping on a few of the scarves to see how that works. Back to working on classes for now.

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