Silk Scarves, Silk Shawls, Tapestries, Fabric Arts & Crafts – 10 Creative Ways To Apply Natural Dy

Published: 30th October 2009
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Whether you are knitting a silk scarf, silk shawl or wool sweater for a loved one, creating fabric art in your home, holiday crafts in the classroom, or in the mood to revive your wardrobe, try applying natural dyes that are toxin-free and safe for you, your loved ones, your living space and the environment. Natural dyes work great on most fabrics, especially silk because of how beautifully it absorbs and reflects color. The creative applications are endless! To get you started, here are 10 fun ways apply natural dyes to your home, wardrobe, classroom or art space.

1.Knit your own natural, hand-dyed luxurious silk scarves and silk shawls as birthday gifts and holiday gifts! Include a recycled paper card letting your special someone know that their gift was hand-knit and hand-dyed using natural dyes made with love from your very own garden or local farmer's market!

2.Revive your wardrobe. Everyone has something white or pastel that they cannot wear anymore because of some annoying food or beverage stain. Instead of pitching it, bring it back to life! Revitalize it with some homemade natural dye (and have fun doing it!)

3.Knit a silk scarf, silk shawl, wool sweater or cosy pair of socks for a loved one. Use undyed silk, wool, cashmere or silk/wool blend yarn and dye it in a natural dye of your choosing. Your loved one and the environment will thank you for it!

4.Transform old silk scarves, sarongs, dresses, t-shirts, towels, sheets and tablecloths into creative works of art! Using your own handmade natural dyes, you can make prayer flags, holiday flags, wall hangings, tapestries, wall art and more.

5.Add some passion to your bedroom curtains with pomegranate, beet or mangosteen. You can even mix a little indigo in with any one of the above to create some purple passion!

6.Transform a stained white or pastel tablecloth into something beautiful again! Choose a dark-colored natural dye made from indigo, walnut hulls, pomegranate, beet or mangosteen so your next stains won't be as visible!

7.Get creative in your art space at home and at work. Make natural dyes for use in fabric art, dyeing canvas, batik art and whatever else inspires you. The possibilities are endless!

8.Go Green in the classroom! Take your class on a field trip to the local botanical garden, farmer's market or nursery and select your plants for natural dyeing. Prepare natural dyes together as a class, bottle them up and use them to make safe, environmentally friendly arts & crafts projects and holiday gifts.

9.Get creative with your kids over summer vacation! Make your own natural dyes as a family and use them to make cool, tie-dye t-shirts that are colorful, safe and environmentally friendly!

10.Design your eco-friendly clothes or accessories line! Buy undyed organic cotton, hemp or bamboo fabric and dye them with your own natural dyes. You can even reuse patches of old fabric and dye it with a complimentary color, creating a textured, patchwork look to your design.

Aurora Silk has excellent step-by-step instructions on how to dye natural yarn and textiles with homemade natural dyes:

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