Tie Dye Silk Scarf

If you want to make a fun fashion accessory, consider tie dying a silk scarf.
I started with a 35" x 35" silk crepe de Chine scarf that I purchased from Thai Silks years ago. I used Jacquard silk colors (green label) - magenta 715 and cyan 725. These are both primaries in this line. I bought my dyes from Dharma Trading, and they're also available at Dick Blick and Amazon. These are dyes that you can use right out of the bottle, and they can be thinned with water for lighter hues. 

Here's what the scarf looked like after I dyed it. I accordian folded it, wet it, and tied it with four rubber bands before applying dye with a sponge paint brush to both sides. Then I let it dry for 24 hours.
Most silk dyes require steam setting, a messy process that I wanted to avoid. Instead, I set the dye with Jacquard Permanent Dyeset Concentrate. I diluted it in water, following the formula instructions, and swirled my scarf in the dyeset bath for five minutes. Then I rinsed it, let it dry, and ironed it. The dyeset makes the colors washfast and dry cleanable.

Every scarf made with a tie-dye technique will turn out differently, so it's a lot of fun to experiment with different ways of folding and color combinations.  

10 New Cozy Mysteries in May 2020

So many cozies, so little time. Here are ten cozy mysteries that were published in May 2020.

A Call for Kelp by Bree Baker

Seaside Cafe Mysteries, Book 4

It's sink or swim for Everly with her most bizarre case yet!

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A Fatal New Year by J.A. Whiting

Tipperary Carriage Company Mystery, 
Book 1

Mae Monahan owns a horse-drawn carriage service and on New Year’s Eve, she’s out for her very first night of business.



Death by Auction by Alexis Morgan

An Abby McCree Mystery, Book 3

Not only did Abby McCree inherit her aunt's house in Snowberry Creek, Washington, she inherited a handsome tenant and a whole lot of trouble . . .

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 Furmidable Foes by Rita Mae Brown

A Mrs. Murphy Mystery, Book 29

Mary Minor “Harry” Harristeen is on the hunt for a killer with a deadly green thumb when a day in the garden turns fatal.

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A Mew Beginning by Kathi Daley

A Whales and Tales Mystery, Book 20

With all the changes in her life, Cait is left with a feeling of dread she can't quite define.


Milkshake Up by Christy Barritt

Crime a La Mode Mysteries, Book 2

When ice cream lady Serena Lavinia’s best customer doesn’t show up to buy his daily treats, she has no choice but to find out if he’s okay.


Murder at Rover Meadows by Cindy Bell

Wagging Tail Cozy Mystery, Book 9

A dog-loving sleuth. A shocking murder. Will the murderer be found before Sonia lands up behind bars?


Murder She Wrote: The Murder of Twelve 
by Jessica Fletcher & Jon Land

Murder She Wrote, Book 51

She's back . . . Jessica finds herself stranded in a hotel during a blizzard with twelve strangers and a killer in their midst.

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Murder with Clotted Cream 
by Karen Rose Smith

A Daisy's Tea Garden Mystery, Book 5

A catering job has come in for Daisy’s Tea Garden in Pennsylvania’s Amish country—but death will be served before dessert.

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Secrets of the Past by Shelly West

A Whodunit Antiques Cozy Mystery, 
Book 5

Abigail and Grandma have cracked many tough cases, but they still haven’t solved their biggest personal mystery yet: Who is Abigail’s father?