Basics of dyeing
3. Dyeing with direct dyes
3.2. Dyeing in a pot
This method is good for creating very precise shades, ombré or gradient fades, and other effects on small amounts of fabric.
- Weigh the dry fabric.
- Wash / rinse the fabric; new fabrics may contain finishes.
- Add warm tap water in the pot. The more space the material has in the pot, the more even the result will be.
- Dissolve the dye in 0.5l of boiling water.
- Dissolve the salt in the water in the pot.
- Place the wet and unfolded fabric in the pot.
- Bring the dye bath back to a boil, stirring regularly for 20min or until you have achieved the desired shade.
- Rinse with cold water until water runs clear.
- Wash the item in a washing machine.
- Steps 1–5 as above.
- Bring the dye bath slowly close to a boil and turn off the heat. Stir the dye bath for at least 10min.
- Leave the material in the dye bath (full shade) or remove it and let it cool down.
- Rinse with lukewarm water until water runs clear.
- The finishing wash is not entirely necessary. If you use a washing machine, remember to use the programme for wool, and detergent for wool/silk.