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Topic: Cold water dying for protein based fibers?  (Read 736 times)
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« on: August 21, 2009 02:54:51 PM »

I have some cashmere roving that I would like to dye black. Normally when I dye protein based fibers, I mix up some Wilton's cake dyes and pop it in the microwave. This is cashmere though, and I'm really nervous about felting it or getting uneven color. I have some Jacquard Procion MX dyes for cellulose fibers, and I get great results using that, so I was wondering if it would work to dye cashmere using a cold water process?

If it absolutely has to be a hot water process, I don't want to risk felting it in the microwave, so I'll probably use a stove top method....but if I'm going to wrap the fiber in plastic wrap or use a ziplock bag, wont the plastic melt to the fiber?

Thanks so much for helping me figure this out!

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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2009 06:17:02 AM »

you can use procion dyed but I never new anyone how got the results they wanted and you have to do it differently.  You can try acid dyes.

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