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1  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Help with Low Water Immersion. on: September 29, 2012 06:35:39 PM
Last night i did lwi for the first time to five different strips of cotton fabric. I dont know what i did wrong. I feel like i got misleading information off of some websites.

I started by soaking my fabric in hot water, no soda ash added. After letting them soak for a while i wrung them out and crumpled and tied with rubber bands. Next i stuffed the fabric into mason jars and poured my dye that i just mixed with chemical water over it. I heard that blue colors need more heat so i covered my jar tops with cellophane  Like i was told to do, and microwaved it for a minute or two. Next i let them sit for fifteen minutes and then i poured hot water + soda ash over it and let it sit there for a while. Then i took it out of the jars( there was black liquid at the bottom of each one and i was worried it was going to soak through and ruin it) and put each piece of fabric into a different bag and waited 24 hours, washed with synthrapol.. colors came out looking okay but not near as bright as I was expecting them to be. I used procion fiber reactive dye and all the stuff your supposed to use with it so I was expecting well...more than this. Did I do something wrong?
Can someone point me in a better direction?
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