A while back I had to shorten microfiber drapes that left me with several, 74" x 20" lengths of fabric that I could not bear to throw away. They sat dormant in my fabric stash for several months until I recently had a brainstorm on how they might be used.
|A Microfiber Remnant from Shortened Drapery|
The softness of the fabric was a tactile delight that I thought might feel wonderful wrapped around the neck in a scarf.
After cutting two 7" strips from the microfiber fabric, I soaked the fabric in water and then wadded up each 7" wide length and wrapped a few rubber bands around each clump of fabric.
In a microwave safe Ziploc container I then mixed up a batch of a Rit Dye product made for synthetics* in hot water, submerged the fabrics into the dye mix and lightly laid the lid onto the container.
|Rit Dye for Synthetics|
Of course, enough never seems to be enough when playing with fabric and color, so I resurrected a stamp that I had made a long time ago.
|Original Leaf Stamp|
It was time to print the leaf shapes onto the fabric.
|Setacolor Fabric Paints and Old Meat Tray|
|Fabric with Orange Stamped Image|
|Fabric with Blue Stamped Image|
This is almost like a vestment stole that clergy wear. It lays flat as it cascades down the chest. I have another color satin ready to line the blue stamped fabric, but I'm not sure if I am going to line this one. Without lining, it will drape loosely and lend itself to a variety of scarf configurations.
* I purchased the Rit Dye from Michaels; however, is available from some fabric stores and on a variety of on-line sites.
To me, brainstorms are the spice of life.
Always remember, never fear to experiment.