Category Archives: Dyes & Dyeing

Printing and Painting with Procion MX dyes and Acid dyes

Painting with dyes

Painting or printing fabric with dyes will leave the fabric with a softer handle than with paints. Painting with Fabric Paints Silk and fabric paints contain pigments that settle on the surface of the fibre from which the fabric is woven, along with a fixative to attach the particles. The basic paint is made from the […]

What is Batik?

Applying wax with tjanting

Batik is a method of patterning fabric or paper using melted wax. This creates a barrier, or resist, to prevent dye from colouring the waxed areas. Wax Melting Pot The safest and easiest way to melt the wax is with an electric wax melting pot. The temperature in this wax pot can be thermostatically controlled […]

Book Spotlight: Natural Dyes

Natural Dyes

Natural Dyes by Dominique Cardon is the definitive book on the subject of natural dyes and their use. The hardback book includes 778 pages with 560 illustrations, covering the world wide sources and dyeing traditions, along with details of dyeing technology and the science which lies behind colouring with naturally occurring materials. The chapters cover […]

Prepared for Dyeing?

When buying fabric you may occasionally come across the term Prepared for Dyeing or PFD. This means that no starches, sizing or finishes have been used on the fabric. These treatments, including optical whiteners, will interfere with the absorption and therefore the effectiveness of dye. Although your fabric has been sold as ‘dressing free’ it […]

Jacquard Procion MX dyes

Jacquard Procion MX Dyes, 18g

The Jacquard Procion MX dyes have been formulated for use on cellulose fabrics such as cotton and linen, although they also produce reasonable colours on silk and wool. These fibre reactive dyes become locked into the fabric when combined with salt and soda ash, making the dye extremely washfast. As this is the only dye […]

The Tixor Malam Wax Melting Pot

Wax melting pot for Batik

Planning to do a lot of Batik or Encaustic Art? A thermostatically controlled wax melting pot is an essential addition to your tool kit. This wax melting pot is mains operated through a British 3 pin plug. Temperature Control The melting capacity of the Tixor Malam Wax Pot is 300ml and the adjustable thermostat can be […]

Space Dyeing in the Microwave with Acid Dyes

Dyeing wool with acid dyes

Here we include a recipe for space dyeing yarns, fibres or fabrics. This technique is also known as low water immersion dyeing. The randomness of this microwave method is so satisfying – there’s no need to fret about precise colour measuring and each attempt will give you varying results. The recipe is for dyeing white […]

The Jacquard Tie Dye Kit

Funky Groovy Tie Dye Kit

The Jacquard Tie Dye Kit has been designed for children, and is especially fun while enjoying the Summer weather (this activity is guaranteed to pry them away from the Xbox!). Children over 8 (and adults too) will enjoy making their own tie-dyed t-shirt. The kit includes 3 colours of Procion MX dye in red, yellow […]

Naturally we’re delighted!

Fibrecrafts Natural Dyes

Our MD, Ian Bowers was delighted to receive this email today: ‘A very delayed note to say thank you for the natural dye kit you donated to the All Wales Event – Guilds in Wales – I was the recipient of the kit and had been saying that there wasn’t a lot of choice of […]

Discharge Dyeing & Printing with Acid Dyes

Discharged Black Velvet

Fabric artists today spend as much time taking colour out as putting it in. This gives their fabrics a richness that is only obtained by putting this extra thought into the finished article. White fabric can be dyed with a wealth of dyes such as Acid, Fibre Reactive Procion MX and Deka L dyes, natural […]

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