Vicki Day Designs : hand-dyed silk ribbon

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Silk Ribbon:

I use River Silks 100% white silk ribbon exclusively to create my variegated hand-dyed 7mm and 4mm silk ribbons. River Silks manufactures the finest silk ribbon available. My palette of variegated hand-dyed silk ribbon can be integrated beautifully with the River Silks' collection.

From River Silks website:

"River Silks 100% silk ribbon is individually woven and not cut from cloth. It has selvedge on both sides and a high thread count, which makes it the most durable silk ribbon available.

River Silks ribbon is perfect for needlepoint, embroidery, bobbin stitching, quilting, crazy quilting, knitting, crochet, embellishment, jewelry, heirloom sewing, scrapbooking, invitations, cards and beyond."

River Silks
Telephone: 877-944-7444

DuPont & Sennelier Dyes and Dyeing Supplies:

Dharma Trading
Telephone: 800-542-5227

I use the finest French dyes: Dupont and Sennelier. These dyes produce the richest, most vibrant colors. After the dyeing process, the ribbon is steamed for 3 1/2 to 4 hours to set the dye. After steaming, the ribbon is washed with Synthrapol to remove any excess dye. It is then rinsed thoroughly and allowed to dry.

IMPORTANT: If hand-dyed textiles are used in your creative project,
use Synthrapol any time the textiles are to be washed.
Please contact your local quilt store or Dharma Trading for instructions.

From Dharma Trading website:

"Synthrapol as the afterwash keeps loose dye particles of dye in suspension so they don't stain other areas of the fabric. Also, since Synthrapol is pH neutral, it doesn't encourage loose fiber reactive dye particles to bind back on where they are not wanted, the way a high pH detergent would. So for tie-dyers, batik artists and printers: this helps white and lighter colored areas from being stained in the final wash by the excess dye. We get calls all the time about "muddy tie-dyes" - the secret is in the Synthrapol! (Also in the procedure for rinsing out the excess first!)"


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