Easy Dyed Play Silks and Capes
All levels | 18 min 10 sec
Easy Dyed Play Silks and Capes
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Play silks are inspiring, open-ended toys that children can transform into almost anything with their creativity and imaginations, like a red and orange silks for lava and blue silks for water, or wearing them as magical capes or carriers for dolls. Melissa Lang Lytle of Hex House Crowns is a fiber artist and handwork teacher, and she will guide you through the very accessible process of dyeing play silks using RIT dye. Start with a dreamy ombre rainbow pattern and then try a whimsical, heart-shaped tie dye. With Melisssa's tips, you can also dye wool felt in the same dye bath as your silks in order to maximize your dye as well as color-match your materials. Children can heop with certain parts of the dyeing, and everyone will enjoy the exciting reveal of the finished silks.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • White (hemmed) silk dye blanks/squares - Melissa recommendes blanks from Dharma Dyes or Sarah's Silks (average silk cape 36” x 36” also 22" x 22")
  • Vinegar RIT dye or food coloring in as many colors you like
  • Bowls - a bowl for each dye color
  • Warm water
  • Pencil or washable marker
  • Rubber bands
  • Iron and ironing surface
  • Sink/water for rinsing
  • Melissa's basic recipe for dyeing is 2 cups warm water, 2 tbs vinegar, 1 oz RIT or food coloring
Learn how to:
  • Dye play silks and capes
  • Prepare dye using Melissa's easy formula
  • Use primary colors to make a rainbow silk
  • Use rubber bands and a washable marker to create a heart-shaped design
  • Dye wool felt in the same dye bath as your silks so your materials can match
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Easy Dyed Play Silks and Capes Reviews
43 users recommended this class to a friend
Yofi Smith
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March 28, 2024
Melissa has easy to follow direction. She is delightful to watch and I really enjoyed this class. I feel ready to try to dye my own silk after watching this class? Thank you Melissa for sharing your gifts with us❤️
More than 3 months ago
Maria Conti
So easy with these instructions! I love the simplicity of this process.
More than 3 months ago