Sunday, 25 February 2007

Microwave dyeing silk - aren't these yummy?

I came across a post about dyeing silk in the microwave
and remembered that I had a selection of silk dyes that I got at a workshop, but never did anything with them as I realised I had to do some sort of complicated (so it seemed) steam setting process - so that was the end of that. Then I found out you can do it in your microwave! So, I pulled out my silk dyes and a roll of 4mm white silk ribbon I bought years ago - I think with the thought that I would dye my own colours - and off I went - what fun.
Here are the results of some playing yesterday. I just randomly played, but as I got into it, started really thinking about and trying to apply colour theory to mix colours and create complements.
I am definitely going to do more of this - it was quite addictive. I will send some to the first three people who respond to this post - I don't actually do much silk ribbon embroidery anymore, so won't actually use it myself - I just enjoyed creating it!


Helen from Canberra said...

Hi Hilary,

I love your silk ribbons. I don't do silk ribbon embroidery but each time I go into a craft shop I am immediately drawn to them and sometimes I even buy because just they are so beautidul. I do have a suggestion for you, why not try them with your embellisher, I think they might be rather gorgeous.

Cheers Helen

Dianne said...

Such beautiful colours!! I might have to give this a go!

Hilary Metcalf said...

Thanks Helen - if you email me your snail mail address I'll send you some and YOU can try them on your embellisher too!!