When my oldest was a toddler, I purchased quite a few playsilks from Dharma Trading Company. At the time, I used Kool-Aid to dye them. The colors were never spectacular, but they worked well enough. Years of use and some washing had the playsilks looking faded and shabby. I decided to try my hand at dying with actual fabric dyes, but the use of procion dyes from Dharma was a bit intimidating.
I picked up some Jacquard’s iDye at our local JoAnn’s, unsure of what the process would be like. The washing machine instructions seemed easy enough. When I pulled the first playsilks out, they were gorgeous. I couldn’t wait to see each color.
Here are the 35″ squares rolled up before being wrapped for Yule:
I can’t recommend the 11″ handkerchief size enough. They have always received so much use in our home:
And here is my youngest, playing in one of the larger playsilks while I was wrapping them: