Featured Artist : Susan Ellis | Daisy D Designs
I learned to tie-dye fabric at Gwynn Valley Camp in Brevard, NC, where I was trying to get rid of an overstock of adult white t’s one summer. My friend and coworker, Tamara, a fiber artist from Texas, was kind enough to give me lessons, and the shirts flew off the shelves, but after dyeing 600 shirts over three summers, I never want to see another white t-shirt again as long as I live!!! Last summer, Tamara convinced me to learn Shibori. She assured me that dyeing silk scarves would be so much more fun than dyeing t-shirts. I was skeptical, but she was right... I LOVE DYEING SILK SCARVES, especially using the arashi, or pole-wrapping technique of Shibori.
Thankfully, I can purchase pre-made habotai, chiffon, or flat crepe white silk scarves from Dharma (if I had to sew them, I’d still be rolling the first hem!) which I hand dye using MX Fiber Reactive Dyes. I sell my scarves at craft fairs, galleries and in my online shop, Daisy D Designs on Esty.com. Inspiration? I have a child in an out-of-state university. I find her tuition bills are the only inspiration I really need!!! But I do love color and texture. When I was in third grade, my turkey was the only one with multi-colored tail feathers!
Men's T-Shirt & Tank Top Comparison Page
Shibori Necktie and Hankie
Machine Hemmed 8mm Habotai Scarves
We tested a bunch of different styles of machine hemmed scarves and finally settled on one to try in the most popular style, 8mm habotai, and the most popular sizes.
Machine Hemmed Chiffon Scarves 8mm
Just like our hand rolled and stitched Chiffon scarves except the hems are machined, flat, smooth even and look great after dyeing.
Flat Crepe Scarves 8mm
Like a cross between Habotai and Crepe de Chine. Economical, but classy!
Silk Scarves & Veils
Dharma Trading Co. has tons of sizes & styles of Blank Silk Scarves and Silk Veils for dyeing.
Dharma Fiber Reactive Procion Dyes
This is the #1 best dye we recommend for tie-dye, batik, dye-painting or screening, etc. on cotton, rayon, bamboo, Tencel®, linen and other natural fibers. Also for solid color dyeing and many other techniques!