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« on: August 17, 2012 11:50:37 AM »

I want to mix up some dye stock for painting yarn, but my ratios seem to be off and the dye is bleeding way too much. I'm using Kenenthrol acid milling dyes, what ratios would I be looking at for pale, medium and strong colours?

I'm sorry if this seems like a silly question and has been asked millions of times already but I've been to the ends of the internets and found nothing!

Thanks, folks!

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« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2012 12:50:29 PM »

I'm going to assume you're already familiar with general dye stock solutions... i.e. 1% DOS = 1g dye poweder : 100ml water : 100g fiber. For handpainting, you're going to need to dilute it or it will go on extremely saturated, which is why you're getting so much bleeding. The hand painting stock should be diluted to about 1:5 dye stock to water, depending on how deep you want the colors. You should definitely do tests on small samples to get the feel of how much you like to dilute it.

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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2012 05:46:32 PM »

By bleeding do you mean that the colors are bleeding together too much, or that the yarn is not absorbing the dye?

If I am using colors that I do not want to bleed together, before dyeing/painting I roll my yarn (which I soaked in a vinegar solution) in a towel to take out any excess moisture.  

I generally mix my dye stock with a stronger ratio for deep colors.  I am not familiar with the dyes that you mentioned, for the most part I use Jacquard.  I use 1 heaping teaspoon of dye in a pint jar of water for my dye stock.   I use 8 ounce baby bottles to paint and add 1 ounce of vinegar, 2 ounces of dye solution and 5 ounces of water.  This is for maximum color.

If I get too much dye on the yarn, or my colors are bleeding together too much, I will blot with a towel, very messy but effective and I have many beautifully dyed towels!!

As minimummy said, do a test.  If you want pastel colors, go light on the dye - remember, you can always dye again.

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