The angel wings tutorial that Dawn is selling are still inspiring me to create some wings of my own! Her instructions are a bit different than what I do, if I am creating something I like to make sure it looks like I did it, not like someone else's design. But the original idea is all Dawn.
So, I draw my own pattern, and no two pair are exactly the same, each is cut out differently. I also used dyed crepe paper for the ruffles and added vintage millinery (of course!!)
The dangling silk ribbons are hand dyed, the same way I did the crepe paper. Here is how I did it:
First, I cut off a length from the roll, and to get the edges even, I wrapped it around a small bottle.
I pulled it off the bottle, and dipped it into water. The white ribbon is a little pink at the moment because I am a slob, and my hands were all dye-ey and a mess, some red from my hands leached into the water. But that was okay since I was dying it anyway.
(some snowy cotton trim for a Santa hat that I was working with later, should have been treated more carefully. Pink snow isn't what I was going for)
I used paste food coloring heavily added to hot water, which means its not washable. If you are coloring ribbon for sewing clothing or something else that will be washed, use Rit or fiber reactive dye.
(ugh, this looks more like a Halloween photo than a Christmas one, that dye is gorey!!)
The hard part is to let the ribbon set for a couple of days till it dries. It needs to be left alone till all the moisture is gone.
Now, the outside of the roll is all dyed , but the interior is a nice variegated color, where the dye doesn't seep all the way to the center.
You can see the principle in practice more clearly in the crepe paper, since I dipped my ribbon so deeply into the rose colored dye. For the crepe paper, I just dipped the edges in. Since the rolls are wet to start with, the moisture pulls the dye toward the center. The deeper you dip the roll into the color, and the longer you leave it in, the stronger and wider the result will be.
I've added angel wings to the Boutique.
Along with stockings made from vintage sockies.