Thursday, December 29, 2011
Dyeing Silk Ribbon
I have had a lovely day dyeing 450 metres of silk ribbon. Varying sizes of ribbon from 2mm to 7mm and all done in 20 metre skeins. That was the worst part skeining up the ribbon and tying it so that it wouldn't come adrift during the dyeing process. I haven't dyeing ribbon for some time now so I had to remind myself how to do it but it was like riding a bike. One doesn't forget! I used acid dyes and the microwave; first soaking the ribbon in vinegar and water. It was great fun and I'm looking forward to the next ribbon dyeing session. What wasn't fun was the unwinding, ironing, cutting into lengths for sale and putting said lengths onto cards. It was very tedious and long winded! But it does look lovely!