I've had several requests for a tutorial on how I dye my Silk Ribbons for my Crazyquilting. It's much easier than you might think! Get ready to make a mess and have a lot of fun! It's like dyeing Easter Eggs!
NOTE: I'm using RIT brand powdered dye because it's budget friendly and it does do a nice job.
RIT Dye Powder in a variety of colors
Clear Plastic Cups (available in the Dollar Tree Store)
1/2 inch wide brush
Silk Ribbon (I mostly use 4 MM and 7MM white ribbon)
Gloves (if you don't want your hands to turn purple)
NOTE: if you get dye on your counter top, table or wall, a little bit of bleach water will take it out but it's better to cover your surface.
To start, fill your cups 1/2 full with hot water. It doesn't have to be boiling. You don't want to burn yourself. Just hot water. Add about 1/4 teaspoon of powdered dye to each cup.
Next, cut a 2 yard length of your white silk ribbon and fold in 1/2 and then in 1/2 again and then in 1/2 again.
The choice is yours but think about what colors you'll want to stitch with. Purple and blue blend well, blue and green blend well, pink and red blend well and so on. Try one end in a light green and the other end in a different shade of green. The choice is yours but once the colors are set, that's what you have to stitch with.
Another thing you can do is to dye your ribbon as described above. Lay your ribbon bundle out on your paper plate and then take a brush, dip it in one of the dye colors and drip it onto your ribbon bundle:
Once you have some light colors dyed, you can add a little more dye to the cups or you can add a bit of brown dye powder to each of the colors. That will give them a muted tone. Just try a little bit at a time. You can always add more but you can't take any out until you dump it down the drain and start from scratch.
Once you have your ribbons all dyed, lay a sheet of paper towels over a hanger and then lay your ribbon bundles on the hanger and hang to dry.
Once dry, you'll need to iron your ribbons. This will get out the wrinkles and will also heat set the colors. I always put an old pressing cloth over my ironing board just in case!
Iron your ribbons on a silk setting and then they're ready to stitch with!