We’ve been catching rainbows! Want to join us??
Firstly, take a craft stick and attach a fishing swivel to one end with a screw.
(Fishing swivels can be found in boating/camping/fishing stores)
Cut a strip of silk 5cm in width and at least one metre long.
Thread a needle with a piece of embroidery thread, and run a gathering stitch along one of the 5cm widths.
Attach this to the hole in the swivel with a few secure stitches.
Roll up your silk and tie an small elastic band around it to hold it tight until you are ready to paint.
You might like to sew a hem on the long lengths of silk.
If you haven’t time for this, you can also use pinking shears to cut a zig zag pattern onto the edges.
This will stop the edges fraying and those bothersome silk tangly threads becoming loose.
(This is what pinking shears look like. Find them in all good sewing shops. Invaluable!)
Then it is time to paint.
Silk dyes are specially prepared paints for silk.
You just take a small amount (a scoop on the end of a paddlepop stick is perfect), and add each colour to 1/2 cup hot water. Add one teaspoon of vinegar to each colour to help fix the dye on the silk.
I normally use baby food jars to store paint in, but I didn’t have enough, so I used plastic drinking cups and stood them in a small plastic bin to catch spills. Be sure to have one paintbrush per colour, and supervise the children so colours stay relatively clear (and free of mud!)
Even my teenager was into it!!
Wash the ribbons out in clean water, then hang the ribbons out to dry.
Soon, your children will be swirling magic rainbow ribbon wands to their delight!!
Here is the Planting the Magic Rainbow Seed” circle game I wrote that led us to find our own ‘magic ribbon wand’ surprise, ready for us to catch the rainbow colours and bring them down to Moondew!
Oh my, what fun!