How Do You Dye Harakeke (Flax) With Crepe Paper?
• Prepare workspace Prepare your work space. Have all of the equipment within reach for when the dye is ready. This is the most important thing you need to do before you begin. If you are going to be using your kitchen as a work space, it may be worth while placing an old towel over the portion of bench you will be using to stop any dye from staining the bench top. In addition, ensure that you have a bucket or container at least half filled with cold water, along with the harakeke you wish to dye, and a pair of steel tongs to hold the harakeke, close at hand. • Half fill pot with water Make your dye. Fill the pot you will be using to dye the harakeke with cold water to at least half way. Once filled half way, put it on the stove element. Turn on the element and wait for the water to begin boiling. Aim for a medium to high heat; avoid using extreme heat because the water will boil too quickly. • Cut crepe paper into strips While you are waiting for the water to boil, remove the crepe pa