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It’s March and that means National Craft Month! We’ve given you lots of DIY options for rejuvenating socks that aren’t good for being socks any more, but what about nylon socks and stockings?
Nylon styles can be thin and anybody who regularly wears classic stockings has experienced a ruining snag. With socks you can darn holes or cut ‘em to make arm warmers, or use them as the base of fun crafts. There’s a lot more material involved in a sock than there is in a stocking. Sure, thicker and opaque styles you can turn into arm warmers (like at the end of this DIY post), but what about those classically styled, sheer “nylons”? Dreamer Zaf gave some good tips for dealing with holes recently on the Tumblr, but what about when there’s just no saving them?
Well, conveniently I collect household hint books, and even more conveniently, I’ve got one from the 1960s (reprinted in the 1970s), back when nylon stockings were a staple. Heloise’s Housekeeping Hints is pretty much my favourite household hint resource and between this old version and later versions (she’s even on the web, now!), there are lots of ways to get some last use out of snagged nylons. They’re not that craft-oriented, but they are crafty (as in sneaky and smart!). For all of these tips, use clean nylons and cut off any lace tops (especially if they have silicone grip strips inside).
Lotsa tips after the jump!
Though we do have a rather wide selection, sometimes we just don’t have exactly that stripe or pattern that you need. But a steady hand and a little patience can take you a long way. I’ve got two quickie guides on adding your own drawn details to socks and there’s a bonus DIY at the end too!
Drawing on nylon
Drawing on nylon is the easiest, so let’s start there. Say your costume needs some sort of specific pattern on the legs. A good example would be Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas. Her stitched-together legs are a huge part of costume accuracy (which maybe I’m a big nerd about). Here’s what you’ll need:
• A good reference picture (I like this one of assorted Sally parts) •
• A permanent marker—they make Sharpies in about every colour now, which is awesome! •
• white or off white tights, like the Opaque Tights •
Always test in an inconspicuous place, to make sure that what you’re using and what you’re using it on don’t hate each other. The Opaque Tights and Sharpies get along pretty well!
It is way easier to do this with the tights on, so suit up. Keep in mind there will be a little bleed through from the marker.
Now, keeping an eye on your reference image, start drawing! Try to go as smoothly as you can. Sometimes I found that the felt marker tip wanted to catch on the nylon.
Ooh, the detail really makes it. I wasn’t trying to get too-too accurate with the stitches, just going for the overall feel.
And, done! So easy! If you wanted to earn extra points, just add a blue-grey shade to ‘em with the skills you learned in DIY: Dyeing Nylon.
That’s tights, but what about socks? Join us after the jump for more tips and tricks! Read more »
I’ve shown you the basics of dyeing socks and how easy it is. All you need is a box of dye and some hot water. But what about styles that aren’t cotton blends? What about non RIT dye options? Well just you wait. Nothing dyes quite as wonderfully as nylon.
You can use RIT on nylon easy. Use our search to find a white nylon style, I’ve even queued up the search terms just for you! If you’re using RIT, it’s okay if it’s a fiber blend, since this dye is made to work on cotton and nylon blends. Just follow the directions on the package, or the DIY we shared with you earlier this year. So plain ol’ black and white Ribbed Pinstripe Leggings plus some RIT in Sunshine Orange can become these Halloween-tastic orange and black leggings! The dye won’t make any difference to the black stripes, so I’m free to choose what colours I want.
What’s wonderful about dyeing socks and tights is that when you can’t find the exact colour you want for something, you can make it!
Now, there is a fiber-specific way you can dye nylon, and there’s even an option at your grocery store! Join me after the jump for more nylon transformation!
It’s hard for me to believe that it’s been a year since the last yearly round up, let alone two years that I’ve been writing for the Sock Journal. A year ago our Tumblr was just starting, now we have a giant social media team (seven platforms total!) who keep you all up to date on the latest in sock news.
Because I know I am biased about what I write and nerd about, I asked my fellow Dreamers what some of their favourite posts were this year. The first one suggested was the Mother’s day post Something New for New Mothers. We’d recently introduced maternity support tights and I thought that the comfort and support wonderful tights like these give new moms might be a good match for the holiday.
Of course, you can’t talk about new moms without mentioning dads and apparently I can’t talk about poppas without squealing over how adorable wee baby socks are when they’re paired up with larger-footed midcalves. So the pictures I took for Sock Ideas for New Dads were inevitable.
The recent Deep Sea Socks post was mentioned almost in the same breath as the mother’s day post—which tells you what we think is adorable: babies and multi-legged terrors from the deepest ocean.
Also mentioned was Frills and Lace for February, which compared some recent runway trends with much more accessible options that we carry and made the argument for wearing lacy sheers in the cold beginnings of spring.
I wasn’t allowed to forget the Socks on Film post, partially because I really need to get working on a post about socks on TV, but also because I think a bunch of folks started becoming way more aware of film characters’ leg wear.
Well, those are the posts that others dug. Want to know my favourites? Join me after the jump!
Last week we showed you the basics for dyeing socks. Once you start experimenting more with dyeing socks and fabric, you can also start looking into the wide world of dyes that are chemically formulated for specific fibers. One of the best places around for dyes and dyeing info is Dharma Trading Company. They’re a favourite with Dreamers who love to dye!
Even if you’re not ready for learning the scientific ins and outs of fancy dyes, you can expand your techniques and start playing around with ways to add colour. I’ve got two simple approaches to show you. The easiest (and my favourite) creates something between marbling and tie-dye. Called “low water immersion” or “scrunch” dyeing, it’s always a beautiful surprise to see how it turns out which, for me, is part of the fun.
All you’ll need for this technique are:
• Dye •
• What you’re dying (the unevenly dyed sock half from last week for me!) •
• A container not too much bigger than what you’re dyeing, remember plastic will stain! •
(to see what would work best, scrunch up your sock and try fitting it into various jars and containers)
• A container to mix your dye in •
• Very hot water (like for brewing tea) •
• Optional: vinyl or rubber gloves to keep dye off your hands •
Not that many things, is it? Join me after the jump for the simple run-down and one more easy way to play with dye! Read more »