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« on: July 22, 2008 10:51:51 AM »

So I have been dying my own protein fibers for awhile now, but have never dyed plant based fibers. I recently bought some procion mx dyes and soda ash from my lys, but have read a few different ways of using the dyes. How do you wonderful fiber artists do your dying? Do I need to soak my fiber in soda ash water for a day prior to dying or just add it when I do the dye bath? I'm so confused.

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« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2008 12:13:58 PM »

Hey, luxx.
 we just soak our whites the night before. (resist dyeing, already stitched, but we band any areas we want after its all soaked, so socks would be dumped in the water with no prep whatsoever.)
 the only real thinking ahead is to let our 3/4 full 5 gal bucket of water sit out 24 hrs to dechlorinate.
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« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2008 06:58:47 PM »

i mostly soak my items first (whether it be straight up fabric or already tied up projects) and then dye them.

i soak in 1 gallon of water per cup of soda ash.

getting all the liquid out of the fabric before you dye is a good idea- the more soaked the fabric- the less the dye will pop. a trick is to get all your soaked items- and instead of wringing them out- throw them in a washer's spin cycle- this gets all the extra liquid out of the material and it rocks.
you can dry it on a line outside- and then you will have a dry piece of prepared fabric that you just dye with procion dyes, mixed with water and urea if you like. (personally i dont usually use urea)
already-tied pieces should be kept wet  until their dyed- plastic bags work awesome.

if i do a straight up dunk and dyebath- the soda ash will go into the whole mix.

although i have found that soaking a piece that was dried with the soda ash in it in just dye and water for 24 hours works too.


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