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.

Cellulose fibres

  1. Weigh the dry fabric.
  2. Wash / rinse the fabric; new fabrics may contain finishes.
  3. Add warm tap water in the pot. The more space the material has in the pot, the more even the result will be.
  4. Dissolve the dye in 0.5l of boiling water.
  5. Dissolve the salt in the water in the pot.
  6. Place the wet and unfolded fabric in the pot.
  7. Bring the dye bath back to a boil, stirring regularly for 20min or until you have achieved the desired shade.
  8. Rinse with cold water until water runs clear.
  9. Wash the item in a washing machine.

Protein fibres

  1. Steps 1–5 as above.
  2. Bring the dye bath slowly close to a boil and turn off the heat. Stir the dye bath for at least 10min.
  3. Leave the material in the dye bath (full shade) or remove it and let it cool down.
  4. Rinse with lukewarm water until water runs clear.
  5. 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.