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« on: May 30, 2007 05:34:34 AM »

Twice a year I run a large tie-dye workshop at a folk music retreat. I almost always have leftover dye when I come home...

The yarn is some yummy chenille given to me by the owner of one of my lys's when she was cleaning out her store room. The dyes are Procion's 'Deep Purple' and 'New Emerald Green' (from Dharma, yay  Cheesy ). The purple in person is less blue, and very rich.
Since the dyes were already pre-mixed for tie-dye I had to soda soak the skein and direct dye from bottles, pushing the color in with my fingers. It rested wet for about 18 hours and took ages to rinse and forever to dry. The chenille loves to tighten up on itself and I kept coming back to check it only to find the skein about half the size it was when I left it and still soaking wet.

The skein:

The ball:
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« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2007 12:37:42 PM »

wow that's awesome! how do you like the Procion dyes? I just got some for dying cotton fabric and I'm hoping there as good as people make them out to be.
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« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2007 04:37:05 PM »

omg I LOVE those colours together they are awesome.
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« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2007 06:01:03 AM »

Thanks for the nice words, I love this place...

ranchelmarie, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Procion!!! When I die, mix a pinch of my ashes into a batch of Procion #250, and make something black and sexy out of me - How's that for an endorsement?

I've been using it since I was a little nipper (my mom used to do a lot of batik, and i cut my crafty teeth on her dye stash). The colors are intense and last forever. Depending on the formulas you use for mixing, it can be used for almost any type of application on natural fibers - i've used it for batik, tie-dye, shibori, direct painting with brushes - I've even had it in my dreads (an unfortunate tie-dye workshop mishap, not intentional and *NOT* recommended  Wink) and the results have made me overjoyed every time!

Big Fat Caveat!!!: The powder is pretty intense stuff - WEAR A FREAKIN' DUST MASK when mixing, i use a respirator type rated for dusts and powders, but you can just as well use a disposable paper one (or even a bandanna, outlaw style) for small batches.
AND - if you spill the powder on your floor, don't slosh a mop over it! As soon as water hits it it becomes a tremendous mess. Use a broom thoroughly then barely damp paper towel. I've had a few mishaps...

Give the stuff a try and have fun, feel free to pm me if you want any tech support!
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« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2007 06:04:32 AM »

thanks so much! My dye should be here any day, I'm so excited!!!
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« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2007 06:34:53 AM »

thanks so much! My dye should be here any day, I'm so excited!!!

that's so cute...
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« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2007 09:12:48 PM »

wow thats beautiful yarn! im thinking about trying my hand at dying with koolaid.
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« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2007 12:03:38 AM »

sooo, I've done some dying with the procion now, and you're right, it's awesome! one question, though. I'm following a set of directions for tub dying and after the actual dying, it says to rinse and then wash in very hot water with synthrapol. Do you know what temperature you're supposed to rinse in before the final wash?
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« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2007 12:16:10 AM »

Wow, nice colors!
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« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2007 04:50:27 AM »

I'm following a set of directions for tub dying and after the actual dying, it says to rinse and then wash in very hot water with synthrapol. Do you know what temperature you're supposed to rinse in before the final wash?
firstly... synthrapol - also amazing stuff!!!
ranchelmarie -
my experience with synthrapol in general is that no matter what temp water i use it in helps prevents backstaining, period. I use a lot of cotton and I most often *prewash* with synthrapol to remove any sizing (sizing affects the dye penetration) from the fabric using half hot/half warm setting on my washer (old pipes in my bldg. means 'not really very warm at all') - meaning i switch from hot to warm during the filling. When tub dying I keep the dye temp as hot as i can as appropriate to the fabric. When I tub dye, I'm usually doing batik - if I'm using a low crackle wax I rinse with warmish water (read:not cool enough to crack my wax, not hot enough to melt or spread) and synthrapol and have had great results
The short of it is final (and all) rinse temps for me always depend on the fabric you're using and it's shrink factor.
***Test swatches and a notebook to track your results are very helpful...
Finally i say:
Ignore the MUSTs in the directions... Dharma's a bunch of ole' hippies, I bet they'd salute you for your creative civil disobedience. And I bet you'll still have great results!

Can't wait to see what you've done... (hint hint Wink)
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