Mar 10, 2013 The Fiber Guild met at Mary Payne’s home to create silk scarves, dyed with random shaped scraps of silk ties. We brought ties scrounged from our husband’s closet and second-hand clothing stores.
Mary went over the process to transfer dye from ties to scarf and cautioned us that only SILK ties would release their dye. Briefly,
- Cut the ties into pieces
- Lay them out to completely cover half the scarf
- Fold the scarf over the silk pieces
- Roll it up tightly and secure with rubber bands
- Simmer the bundle in hot water (vinegar added)
- Remove the bundle from hot water and shake out the scraps
- Rinse scarf in cold water
- Blot dry and iron the now-dyed scarf
When silk ties cost upward of $30 new, it took some steeling of nerves to make that first whack with a pair of scissors! However, Mary says the scraps can be used several times before the dye exhausts.
Enjoy the pictures!