Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Playsilk and Crown Braid

I got Marguerite playsilks for her birthday (honestly, I feel off about adding the -s to make it plural, but that seems to be the norm in playsilk-playing cultures). I got 2 yards of white silk, cut them into four parts, hemmed them and today, Marguerite and I finally got ready to dye them. I wanted to use dye that was generally safe for Marguerite to play with, so I opted for food color. It was a fun process even if we only turned out pale shades (the yellow is practically non-existent). Marguerite naturally loved the soaking and stirring part. I might repeat the process to effect a more vibrant shade, but for now, we'll settle for pastels.


Also, while Marguerite was busy poking the playsilks with popsicle sticks, I thought this could be a good time to try a crown braid on her. It wasn't as neat as I'd want a braid to be (she may have been staying in one place, but she wasn't exactly keeping still), but I thought it was still a pretty look. Especially for someone who was staying home that day.

9 comments:

Bending Birches said...

looks beautiful!!!

w0rkingAth0mE said...

a fun bonding experienced between you and your daughter, good job

The Darkest Night said...

Beautiful braid!! (can you fix my hair too???) ;-)

So...what are playsilk/s?

spinninglovelydays said...

@Bending Birches: Thank you! :)

@Workingathome: Thanks, it was a lot of fun. :)

@Annika: Thanks, come over anytime, lol Playsilks are common Waldorf toys that are great for imaginative play. They're best explained here:

http://www.silkplayground.com/

Anonymous said...

Turmeric makes a beautiful yellow color.

spinninglovelydays said...

Thanks for the suggestion. I actually have some here that we use as an antibiotic. :)

Sharkbytes said...

She is really concentrating! What fun.

The Darkest Night said...

never heard of them before, but that's pretty cool! I guess you can use them for pretty much anything! :-)
(and for some reason that page made me think of Joseph and the amazing technicolour dreamcoat - must be all the colours LOL)

spinninglovelydays said...

@Sharkbytes: Oh she concentrate on something for hours on end if it interests her, true even when she was much younger. The first time she discovered watercolors, she painted for five hours straight. :)

@Annika: You can totally make a technicolor dream coat with them, lol (People who think in terms of musicals -- we are a whole other breed, lol)