Friday, February 22

hand dyed silk velvet at art group last night....


last night at my art group we experimented with dyeing silk velvet. we mixed up 16 colors and dipped our little squares over and over again~ rinsing, mixing, dipping, squeezing, did i say dripping?
we all wore gloves {except Deb who has a blue left hand this morning} and aprons and our old
clothes. 
this morning the squares were all dry, lined up on my kitchen counter. 
the silk velvet is so luxurious and takes the color beautifully!  we had a wonderful
time.


now i just get to dream up something to make with all this gorgeous color.
velvet strawberry pincushions are definitely on the list.
as well as some soft little bunny ears.


the silk velvet is actually made out of silk and rayon.  my favorite pieces were the ones where the silk dyed one color and the rayon dyed another.  the mix of the two colors looks just like a piece of perfectly aged vintage silk velvet.  i found an old silk drawstring beaded purse once that was falling apart, i bought it just
for the vintage velvet and have been hooked ever since...


this photo shows the two tone color effect where the velvet has been folded in half and rolled up.
notice the top left lavender piece that has a definite blue base color.
fabulous!

happy weekend,
julie

11 comments:

KarenB said...

G O R G E O U S!!! Will you be selling any or just keeping it all to yourself? I don't blame you if you do. What an incredibly fun evening you must've had.

Heidi@TheMerryMagpieVintage said...

Ooh, it's gorgeous! Where do you buy the silk velvet? Do you have to order it online or is that available at JoAnn's?

Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful!!
Linda P.

Wendy McDonagh-Valentine said...

So very beautiful! I can't wait to see your new creations! You are truly inspiring to me and I look forward to the pretty things you make. :-)

~ Wendy

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jackie said...

I love your beautiful velvet squares. I would love to buy some if you have them for sale.......When I traveled last summer I stumbled across a fabric store who had these beautiful velvet squares in these gorgeous colors but I am just about out so I am interested in buying if you sell!

Hope Amen said...

What did you use for dyeing?

Kadee Willow said...

So yummy! Just love each and every one! Do you mind sharing ... did you start with white velvet you get at a store like JoAnn's or does it have to be a special brand. Also, what is the name of the dyes you used? Every time I look at dyes they want you to spend 45 minutes agitating it. Just love, love, love this project!

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