Beginner | 33 min
Using natural plant extracts, learn to dye a beautiful silk scarf with Kristine Vejar. You will learn the ins and outs of working with silk and other protein fibers like wool, including how to prepare fabric for dyeing, and how to create desired colors and shades using natural extracts. Once you understand the basics of the process, you’ll have all the tools you need to experiment with natural dyes and protein fibers.
 
Learn how to:
  • Prepare silk for dyeing by weighing and scouring
  • Create a dye bath
  • Convert dye recipes for other sizes and weights of fabric
  • Create a variety of shades using dye
  • Rinse and care for dyed fabrics

Chapters
Introduction
00:40
Materials
01:21
Preparing Protein-Based Goods for Dyeing
04:20
03:03
02:25
Dyeing and Designing with Natural Dyeing Extracts
03:23
03:18
Materials
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Silk scarf
  • Scale
  • Aluminum potassium sulfate (this is the mordant) – 1 Tablespoon mordant per 100 grams fabric
  • Natural dye (Kristine uses Logwood to create a purple shade. All dyes available online, or at Kristine’s shop, http://www.averbforkeepingwarm.com)
  • Spoon or small whisk
  • Measuring spoons
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Tongs
  • 3-5 quarts (2.8 - 4.7 Liters) stainless steel pot with lid
  • Timer
  • Thermometer
  • Rubber gloves
  • Liquid dishwashing detergent (Kristine uses Ecover)
  • Bucket
  • Journal for recording dye process
  • Apron
  • Access to hot water and a stovetop (kitchen works well)
Discussion
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Transcript
Natural Dyeing
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Part 1:
Natural Dyeing: How to Dye Silk and Other Protein Fibers
A Verb for Keeping Warm
Using natural plant extracts, learn to dye a beautiful silk scarf with Kristine Vejar. You will learn the ins and outs of working with silk and other protein fibers like wool, including how to prepare fabric for dyeing, and how to create desired colors and shades using natural extracts. Once you understand the basics of the process, you’ll have all the tools you need to experiment with natural dyes and protein fibers.
 
Part 2:
Natural Dyeing: How to Dye Cotton and Other Cellulose Fibers
A Verb for Keeping Warm
Learn the basics of dyeing cotton and other cellulose fibers—a process that is similar to dyeing protein fibers, but is just different enough to merit its own lesson. In this class, Kristine shares her passion for working with natural plant extracts to create beautiful shades of red using Madder. She shows you how to prepare cotton for dyeing and how to create a dye bath, sharing expert tips along the way. With this method, you can dye a single pair of socks or a whole pot for friends.
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