Can you believe it’s already almost Christmas? Because Christmas is my favorite holiday, I always love to make new projects this time of year. These DIY red shibori placemats have been on my mind for a while, and I couldn’t wait to try the shibori dyeing technique with red instead of the traditional indigo to add a lot of color to a holiday table that can be used for Thanksgiving, Christmas and many gatherings after that.
To kick off the summer, you should probably throw some kind of ice cream social. Instead of serving the frozen goods in regular plastic utensils, why not dye some wooden ones? Here is a completely food-safe way to take care of the little details!
In my review yesterday of Sasha Duerr's new work, The Handbook of Natural Dyes, I mentioned that the publisher gave me permission to share one of the projects in the book. I found one perfect for those who are new to natural dyeing: dyeing beads with blackberries.
According to Sasha Duerr, the author of The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes, if we can cook, we can dye. One of the chapters contained within is even entitled, "Kitchen Couture". And couture it is. Dozens of recipes tell us how to use such things as lavender, turmeric and red cabbage to dye plant and protein-based fibers the most luscious colors imaginable, all of which harmonize in ways 'only botanical colors can.'
Sasha begins at the beginning, outlining supplies we'll need, explaining in easy to understand terms the benefit
Designboom has a fascinating pictorial of the traditional silk making process of the craftspeople in a small village in north-east Tailand. Starting with silk worms, which aren't actually worms, and ending with luscious fabric, the photos illustrate the proceedure in 6 steps.
Step 6: Ikat (binding)....
3. Water. Yeah, I know, 'duh', but not for drinking; for DIY water colors!
And speaking of paint....
4. Add unsweetened Kool-Aid to latex paint for a colorful surprise.
5. Hair. Kool-Aid will add a hint of color to dark hair and a lot of color to light...