And why limit it to cabbage water? In my cupboard we also decided to play with turmeric, paprika & beetroot.
Here is my little chemist ready to mix away to her hearts content with the cabbage water. The pink glasses are her safety goggles .....
- Chop up red cabbage and add some bit water. Bring the the boil and simmer until cabbage is pale. Split the cabbage water into two pots.
- Add silk scarf and soak for 30mins to one pot.
- In the other pot add some vinegar - the mixture will turn dark pink - add silk scarf and soak for 30mins.
- Once your silk scarf has finished soaking in the first pot. Remove the scarf and add in baking soda (the mixture will turn greeny blue) - add silk scarf & soak for 30mins.
Silks soaked in with cabbage water before washing
- Mix turmeric & water - bring to the boil - add silk scarf and soak for 30mins
- Mix paprika & water - bring to the boil - add silk scarf and soak for 30mins.
- Boiled 3 chopped up beetroot in some water for about 40mins- puree everything together - add silk scarf and soak for 30mins.
Cabbage Water = Soft Purple
Cabbage Water + Vingear = Soft Pink/Purple
Cabbage Water + Baking Soda = Silver Blue
Paprika = Gold (honestly - it is a gorgeous gold hue)
Beetroot = Cream
Turmeric = Bright Bright Yellow (just look at that yellow!! See below.)
Note: After we had soaked the silks I dried them on their own on the hottest setting on our tumble dryer (sanitize) and then put them on their own through a 20mins cold wash (no detergent) and dried them again on the hottest setting.
I'm not sure we have anymore space for playsilks in our dress up box. I am playing with the idea of making a quilt from these.
Other dyeing fun we have had:
Tissue Dyed Silk Pillows
Two Tone Play Silks
Teacher Appreciation Gift: Home Made Play Silks
Easy Silk Scarf Dyeing with Tissue Paper
Kid Friendly Dyeing - Making your own Play Silks