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Dyeing for a Silk Scarf

By: Lynda Heines

Now that you have access to this Dyeing for a Silk Scarf project from Lynda Heines, there's no need to search in vain for a beautiful scarf anymore. Learn how to craft this trendy accessory by reading through these instructions. You'll absolutely love the dyeing techniques you'll pick up from this fabric craft, and hopefully use them on other projects in the future. By the end of this craft, you'll have a beautiful scarf to spruce up your wardrobe.

Dyeing for a Silk Scarf


  • Six color set from Dharma Trading. This set contains six .5 ounce bottles of the following colors: rose, yellow, blue, green, black and turquoise. These are small bottles but the dyes are so intense that you don’t use very much. The dyes come with pipettes and directions.
  • 6 bottles for new colors
  • Plastic baggies
  • Plain white silk scarf or material
  • Water

Note: According to the manufacturer’s directions, Colorhue dyes are instant-set and can be used on silk, linen, wool, and rayon. They do not work on cottons.



  1. Mix up colors. Add a little water to your bottle, then add the dyes using the pipettes. Standard ratio is 3 parts water to 1 part dye. The black needs to be mixed 1 part water to 1 part dye to get a true black. If you want another color such as orange, you can mix rose and yellow dyes.

    Dyeing for a Silk Scarf Dyeing for a Silk Scarf
  2. Now comes the fun part. Take a piece of silk material or scarf and put it into a baggie.

    Dyeing for a Silk Scarf
  3. Then add just enough water to moisten it. That amount depends on the size of the material, but just enough that it makes it wet but not saturated.

    Dyeing for a Silk Scarf
  4. Now holding the bag in one hand, use your other hand to scrunch the scarf making sure every part of it gets damp. This helps to remove the fold lines.

    Dyeing for a Silk Scarf
  5. After your scarf is moistened it’s time to add the dye. There is no formula for how much dye to use. It’s time to experiment.

    Dyeing for a Silk Scarf
  6. You can add several colors if you’d like. Once you are happy with the amount of dye, it’s time to scrunch the fabric again to get the dye to completely cover the fabric.

    Dyeing for a Silk Scarf
  7. What is amazing about this product is the dyeing is done when the water turns clear. That means that all of the dye has been absorbed into the fabric. Cool!
  8. Take fabric out and hang or lay to dry. Once dry, hand rinse in cold water and press on low setting to remove any wrinkles.

    Dyeing for a Silk Scarf

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