Friday, April 09, 2010

Fashion Friday: silk scarves

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Spring and summer scarves are all the rage. They are the perfect way add a pop of color to your outfit and a little warmth around your neck. You can pick up silk scarf blanks from places like Dharma Trading or check out your local thrift shops for that can be over-dyed. Adding designs and patterns to your scarf project is a breeze with a simple batik technique that’s guaranteed to turn some heads. For these designs we used melted wax and cookie cutters to create the batik shapes.

double boiler (or glass bowl and slightly larger saucepan)
prewashed silk scarf
cold-water fabric dye
small cookie cutter
plastic tub or metal sink
kraft paper

1. Using a glass bowl and a saucepan as a double boiler, heat the wax until it's melted.

Safety tip: Be sure to tilt the inner container; otherwise a vacuum could form and you could receive a nasty burn.

2. Clip the clothespin to the side of the cookie cutter and dip the cookie cutter into the wax for at least 20 seconds.

3. Place the wax-dipped cookie cutter onto the scarf and press lightly until the wax is transferred to the scarf. Allow the wax to cool.

4. Mix the dye (following package instructions) in a large tub or a metal sink. Wet the scarf and place it in the dye bath; stir and let the fabric sit in the dye for about an hour.

5. Rinse the scarf in cold water until the water runs clear; hang the scarf to dry.

6. Place the fabric between pieces of kraft paper and press with a hot iron to remove the wax. (you will have to do this several times)

7. Rinse in hot water with a mild detergent to remove remaining wax, then let the scarf hang to dry.


  1. Wonderful project! This will go into my 'must try' project file!


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