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post #61 of 211
I didn't have any trouble at all with the colors not being colorfast. In fact, the orange silk is one of my favorites. I don't know what the factors are that make some work and others not. Most of my koolaid ones are mottled, the cake colors are more solid (but I did those on stovetop).
post #62 of 211
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Originally Posted by sunflowers View Post
I've spent the past 2 days messing with koolaid and silk scarf blanks : I've tried Grape, cherry/black cherry, lemon-lime, pink lemonade, blue raspberry lemonade, lemonade, mango, orange, and one I coffee dyed.

My results: Coffee dye was the easiest, most uniform and nicely colorfast! It looks almost golden in the sunshine
Pink lemonade, mango, and lemonade were all easy & covered fairly evenly. I dyed them all 2x, though. Mango is my favorite, I think!
Orange, blue rasp, and lemon-lime all were mottled (doesn't look bad, just not what I was going for). The orange didn't stay very orange- faded to more of a salmon color after rinsing.
Grape and Cherry were not colorfast at all. I did these several times and couldn't get the color to stick.

I soaked all of my blanks in vinegar water, added vinegar to the koolaid solution, and used the microwave to set the dye. For the ones that I couldn't get the color to set, I even did a post-dye rinse in salted vinegar water because it worked so well for the coffee silk.

Am I doing it wrong or does this seem typical? I do mostly like the results. They'll be dry in the morning and I can post a pic if anyone wants.

Next time I'm trying the wilson's food dye or even simple food coloring.
I would love to see them! :
post #63 of 211
I just stumbled across this thread and wanted to say thanks for the inspiration! I am going to make some of our own playsilks. Right now dd has some big scarfs of varying patterns that I got at Goodwill as psuedo-playsilks. But we have been experimenting with using kool-aid for dyeing the playdoh I make for her and I really like the idea of using kool-aid to make some playsilks. Thanks everyone! :


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Originally Posted by Rowdypea View Post
We have had great luck making our own playsilks. We used dharma trading company blanks and kool-aid. It was so easy and fun. I couldn't find really detailed instructions anywhere, but once I started doing it I could see why. It really wass pretty foolproof for us. Easy and fun! We also used regular old food coloring and vinegar for some of the silks.

So far we have had good luck with all of the colors, although we haven't laundered them yet (just rinsed them occasionally) and they are used mainly inside (so they aren't out in the sun a lot.) I guess when they start to fade we'll just try to dye them again. Maybe it will work and maybe not But I knew it would be eons before we could afford to do it any other way, like with fiber reactive dyes, or storebought, so we did it the cheap and easy way!

There are pictures of them on my blog here (scroll down about halfway)

Edited to add permalink to our playsilks.
OT;
I love the stuff you made and the projects in your blog. The car wash game is definitely one I will try with dd. She would love it. And I have to say, I am completely bonkers over the 70's fisher price record player. I have to manifest buying one of those at Goodwill too!
post #64 of 211
Here are some pics of what I made with my cake color playsilks.

A cape for the birthday of a little girl from ds's preschool:

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c1...r/DSC02925.jpg


And, a baby blanket for a friend's baby shower. Silk on one side, stars and moons painted with silk paint, flannel on the other like in the Magic Cabin catalogue:


http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c1...r/DSC02927.jpg
The purples are so much nicer than the koolaid purple.
post #65 of 211
totally OT here.
Rowdypea, I live in Japan and when young sweethearts want to write thier initals instead of inside a heart , it is under an umbrella. So your stitchwork of the bunnies under the umbrella is true love!

I have done a few koolaid ones, so quick and easy. If I do two in the same batch (one package) then the second one is VERY light, and still has white bits, sort of tie dy ed looking. But, I like the results. My DD#1 just loves her silks. So do all her girl playmates. I know boys play with them, but not the ones that come here.

Want to make some of the wilton dyes for Easter to put in her basket.
Kathryn
post #66 of 211
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Originally Posted by Flor View Post
Here are some pics of what I made with my cake color playsilks.

A cape for the birthday of a little girl from ds's preschool:

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c1...r/DSC02925.jpg


And, a baby blanket for a friend's baby shower. Silk on one side, stars and moons painted with silk paint, flannel on the other like in the Magic Cabin catalogue:


http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c1...r/DSC02927.jpg
The purples are so much nicer than the koolaid purple.
Flor- I remember when you were just considering making these and asking for tips here. They came out so beautiful. I especially LOVE how the blanket came out! It is so much nicer than storebought. Thanks for sharing!
post #67 of 211
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Originally Posted by E.V. Lowi

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Originally Posted by Flor
Here are some pics of what I made with my cake color playsilks.

A cape for the birthday of a little girl from ds's preschool:

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c1...r/DSC02925.jpg


And, a baby blanket for a friend's baby shower. Silk on one side, stars and moons painted with silk paint, flannel on the other like in the Magic Cabin catalogue:


http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c1...r/DSC02927.jpg
The purples are so much nicer than the koolaid purple.
Flor- I remember when you were just considering making these and asking for tips here. They came out so beautiful. I especially LOVE how the blanket came out! It is so much nicer than storebought. Thanks for sharing!

Oh my, those are super cute. What thoughtful gifts! And that blanket is so sweet.
post #68 of 211
those are fantastic!
how did you make the cape? ive been thinking of making some like that
i'd like to add hoods to mine.

and the blanket is beautiful! im patiently waiting for my silkpaints! did you use stensils?

fern

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Originally Posted by Flor View Post
Here are some pics of what I made with my cake color playsilks.

A cape for the birthday of a little girl from ds's preschool:

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c1...r/DSC02925.jpg


And, a baby blanket for a friend's baby shower. Silk on one side, stars and moons painted with silk paint, flannel on the other like in the Magic Cabin catalogue:


http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c1...r/DSC02927.jpg
The purples are so much nicer than the koolaid purple.
post #69 of 211
I finished mine and here they are! The first from the left is chamomile tea and next is coffee. The rest are koolaid: Black cherry, grape, mango, orange, lemon-lime, ice blue raspberry lemonaid, pink lemonaid, and lemonaid.

I think I expected the colors to be more vibrant but I like what I did more and more

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f2...aysilks013.jpg
post #70 of 211
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Originally Posted by MamaFern View Post
those are fantastic!
how did you make the cape? ive been thinking of making some like that
i'd like to add hoods to mine.

and the blanket is beautiful! im patiently waiting for my silkpaints! did you use stensils?

fern
For the cape I just pinned two silks together and sewed two straight lines with my machine. I slipped the ribbon in then put a tiny stitch attaching the silks to the ribbon in two places so the ribbon didn't fall out. I attached some sticky velcro to the bottom on the ribbon so the 3 yo could easily put it on and off by herself and it would pull off easily if necessary.

I used rubber stamps for the blankets. It didn't show up very well, so I used that as the outline for the shape but then painted it in by hand. The paints dry a little stiff so I didn't put as many stars on as I had originally planned. The plain silk feels nicer. Be sure your paints are opaque! I bought a yellow and a gold and the yellow didn't show up at ALL.
post #71 of 211
I just finished dyeing my first two playsilks ever and I wanted to share!! I had 3 packets of Kool-Aid in the house (2 lemonades and an orange) so I did a small yellow and a small orange. They turned out great and I can't wait for dh to come home with the car so I can go get more vinegar and Kool-aid and dye the rest!

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...s/DSCN2669.jpg
post #72 of 211
Three more freshly dyed and dried playsilks: blue food coloring, lemon-lime kool-aid, and black cherry kool-aid.

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...s/DSCN2671.jpg
post #73 of 211
they are so pretty! i like the light colours a lot.

fern

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Originally Posted by sunflowers View Post
I finished mine and here they are! The first from the left is chamomile tea and next is coffee. The rest are koolaid: Black cherry, grape, mango, orange, lemon-lime, ice blue raspberry lemonaid, pink lemonaid, and lemonaid.

I think I expected the colors to be more vibrant but I like what I did more and more

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f2...aysilks013.jpg
post #74 of 211
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Originally Posted by StrawberryFields View Post
Three more freshly dyed and dried playsilks: blue food coloring, lemon-lime kool-aid, and black cherry kool-aid.

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...s/DSCN2671.jpg
Nice! That's what I was going for but mine turned out more pastel.

How did you get the colors to stay so bright? My lemon lime koolaid rinsed out to a blue tone. Did you dye on the stovetop or microwave? Did you rinse until the water turned clear? Is it colorfast? Please share the secrets
post #75 of 211
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Originally Posted by sunflowers View Post
Nice! That's what I was going for but mine turned out more pastel.

How did you get the colors to stay so bright? My lemon lime koolaid rinsed out to a blue tone. Did you dye on the stovetop or microwave? Did you rinse until the water turned clear? Is it colorfast? Please share the secrets
You can re-do them if you want to make them darker! I redid my blue one this morning (before I took the pic) because it was a tad lighter than I wanted and the second time around it turned out perfect!

This was my first time dyeing anything so I did a lot of experimenting. I did them on the stovetop with approx. 6 oz. water and 2 oz. vinegar. The yellow was 2 packs of lemonade, the orange was one pack of orange, coffee, and a squirt of red food coloring, the blue was all blue food coloring, the green was three packs of lemon-lime, and the black cherry was one pack of grape and two packs of black cherry for the first dye. It was a little too pinkish so I followed up with a second session of just purple food coloring and that's what you see in the pic--black cherry coloring with a blue-violet mottling over it. It looks really nice!

I soaked the silks in hot water while I prepared the dye in a pot, then wrung them out and used my hands to swirl them around the dye pot and soak up the liquid. When it started to get hot I switched to a spoon and kept mashing them around until the dye was gone. I simmered and stirred on and off (though there wasn't much water) for a long time (20 min or so?) then took the pot to the sink, drained the liquid, poured in a glug of vinegar and cold water, stuck my hand in the pot and scrunched the silk around for a minute. Dumped the pot and rinsed with cool water until it ran clear, which was only a few seconds each time. Handwashed with dish soap, and blow dried with my blow dryer. I tested them out and they are all colorfast!

My only disappointment was that our food store hardly had any kool-aid so there wasn't much to pick from I guess that stuff just isn't popular anymore, when I was a kid I remember getting to choose from racks and racks of purplesaures rex, blue raspberry, tropical punches, kiwi strawberry, blackberry, etc., etc. I was really looking forward to picking some neat flavors but all they had was Cherry, grape, lemon-lime, lemonade, orange and strawberry.
post #76 of 211
What type of silk did you buy? I'm looking at the dharma site right now and there are SO MANY to choose from.
post #77 of 211
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What type of silk did you buy? I'm looking at the dharma site right now and there are SO MANY to choose from.
http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/en...rves_silk.html

I bought five Habotai 8mm scarves--two 21.5" square and three 35" square.
post #78 of 211
Hee hee...I just bought some blanks through thai silks. Their shipping cost to Canada was way less than Dharma. Can't wait to get them and try the dyes/ koolaid. The pics of all of yours look lovely!! I think I'm going to make 1 blue, 1 green, 1 black cherry...hoping the store will have a stockpile for me to choose from once I get my hands on my mail!!

Susan
post #79 of 211
I'm ordering some to make for DS 1st birthday. Thanks to everyone for post pics and ideas!
post #80 of 211
Hi

I've scanned the thread looking for the instructions on dying playsilks using the wilton dye method... and i didn't see that they ever got posted? Would it be possible for someone to PM me the instructions too?

Thanks!
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