Apr 6, 2011

To dye or not to dye

I L.O.V.E hand dyeing anything that can be changed to a new color. So I got into a dyeing mood today and thought I would share with you what I have been recreating with color. I enjoy using items that are natural like fruits. Today I used cranberries, walnut ink, and black tea to dye ribbons, tags, fabric, paper, crepe paper rosettes, and paper doilies. Some of the things that I have made will be going into my Etsy shop!!!

 First, I gathered my supplies. I didn't take a picture of the cranberries
because I forgot and threw the bag away.

 Second, I mixed my elements to get them to the precise color. I cooked and smashed all of the
yummy goodness from the cranberries.

 Mixed my Walnut Ink to the desired darkness

 Finally, boiled my tea to the exact caramel goodness.

I dyed some doilies, coffee filters, seam binding, crepe paper rosettes, fabric and silk.

After dyeing the tags, I hand stamped them with acrylic paint

 I also stamped seam binding using my acrylic paint.

I love how my coffee filters turned out. The perfect shade of cranberry. Now it is your turn to go and dye a little something, but I am warning you it is addictive! The tags and ribbons will be going into my etsy shop within the next few days!!!