There is a special wonder that happens when children learn how mixing colors create new ones. As we dye a silk rainbow using yellow, red and blue food coloring, the colors magically blend to make orange, green, and purple. This project and process will delight both children and adults alike! Sarah hand dyed her first rainbow Playsilk in her kitchen sink in the early 90’s. Since then our rainbow has had a special place in our collection here at Sarah’s Silks.
Hand wash your white playsilk in a bowl of warm water and soap. Rinse out the soap and let soak while you prepare the bowls of food coloring dye
Add 2 bottles of food coloring to each bowl with 2 cups of warm water. Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to each bowl
Start with the yellow dye and the middle section of the silk. Hold both ends of the silk to make a U shape. Dip the middle third of the silk in the yellow dye. Wring out with your hands.
Dip one end of the silk in the red dye - watch as the red overlapping the yellow makes orange. Wring out this side. Dip the other end of the silk in blue - making green as the blue overlaps the yellow. Wring out this side.
To make purple - dip the very end of the blue silk in the red dye bowl. Wring out.
Rainbow wishes to all,
Sarah & Madlyn