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Topic: Can someone recommend a good fabric dye? rit bites! n/m  (Read 2502 times)
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un chien
« on: February 27, 2005 07:55:17 AM »

« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2005 10:36:45 AM »

For natural fibers, you can't beat Procion MX dyes. They're vibrant and if you do it right, they don't bleed all over the place and fade to high heaven. You can see 'em and read the instructions at http://www.dharmatrading.com.

un chien
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2005 02:41:11 PM »

Thanks-I just wish they sold smaller quantities at smaller prices. I wanted to buy a bunch of hanes tees and beaters and dye each a different color hmmm.
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2005 02:45:58 PM »

One option is to just buy the primary colors and mix your own shades. A little dye goes a LONG way, so this is mostly what I do. The primary colors in dye, tho, are not the ones you might think, so examine the color chart carefully.

un chien
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2005 10:06:40 AM »

Thank you, i just researched a little harder and saw that they have a starter kit for $20- it's$40 if you get an instructional book with it. The basic instructions must be on the bottle though and the book is just for more elaborate projects?
If I go with the big bottles 1.Do you NEED the additives?
                                      2. What are your recommendations for primaries?
                                      3. Does the dye keep indefinitely?

Thanks, I appreciate your advice 
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2005 07:43:36 AM »

I have a similar question.. I know you need the soda ash but do you need the Urea and can't you just use dish soap instead of synthrapol.  The prices aren't as bad as the shipping!! It can get heavy if you get all that stuff..
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2005 08:01:44 PM »

Oh, whoops! I must have accidentally unsubscribed to the thread. I'm sorry for the delay!

As for needing the additives... which do you mean? You definitely need the soda ash, as it brings the PH up high enough for the dye to react with the fabric. Which others did you mean?

The Procion primaries are #119, #338, and #440. It works like ink (CMYK -- cyan, magenta, yellow, black), not like paint.

The dye comes in a powder, and if you keep it sealed up tight, it should last for a long, long time.

Urea is useful when you're tie-dying, because it keeps the fabric from drying out. What chemicals you need depends a lot on what method you're using. For low-water immersion dying, for example, you need dye, water, and soda ash. And that's pretty much it.

You don't NEED Synthrapol, but I wouldn't be without it. You use not much at all per batch, and it's so useful. It's so hard to rinse dye out 100% without it, and while some folks do use dish soap, I like the peace of mind I get from having used Synthrapol in the wash. I also use the dye fixative. I can wash my newly-dyed items with whites and no dye leaks onto anything else. It rocks.

Hope it helps!
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