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Topic: Dyeing with Dharma Trading Prolcyon Dyes - help  (Read 1382 times)
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« on: April 17, 2005 02:37:21 PM »

Hello, I can't use koolaid like you kool folks because I'm dyeing cotton.  So I turned to playing with UREA and a bunch of other chems from Dharma Trading. 

When I add the thickener, it lumps RIDICULOUSLY.  Either in hot or cold water.  What's the proper technique here?

EDIT:  bigger problems.  I waited 6 hrs, then washed it with synthrapol, and almost all the dye has come off!  It took me HOURS all day, for a big mountain of what looks like yucky grayish yarn.  Perhaps I did not wait for it to be dry enough ("damp") before I covered it up and waited the 6 hrs?  Anybody out there ever used the prolcyon dye?  I'm so frustrated.  This is my second dyeing attempt and the previous time it's also mostly washed out, but I fig'd it was my lack of thickener and that this time all would go swimmingly.  I worked so hard!  Boo hoo hoo.  I did two batches, two colors, and alternated -- over about 20 big fat skeins.   I was like a little factory!  Now I'm a disgruntled factory worker.
« Last Edit: April 18, 2005 12:09:10 AM by Piyolet » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2005 09:10:54 PM »

Procion dyes rock, but it sounds like you may have been missing pieces. I don't dye yarn, but cotton fabric -- we start with a soak in soda ash, then pour dye (1/4 tsp per 1c water, approx) over the fabric. Keep damp for 4-24 hours, and rinse.

No thickeners needed, and we don't use the urea, either. We've tested this many many times and get good results. Smiley

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