Category Archives: Dyes & Dyeing

How to Batik

Floral batik fabric

Batik is an ancient method of creating patterns on cloth or paper. It is a resist technique which uses melted wax or other barriers such as flour or starch. The resist prevents paint and dye from penetrating the fabric. Hot or liquid wax can applied by using a tjanting (or canting), sticks, wooden stamps or […]

Dye Recipes using Acid Dyes

Hand-dyed silk fibres

The dye recipes included in this post are for dyeing protein fibres such as silk and wool using Acid dyes (a synthetic dye which is set with vinegar or citric acid). We hope you will find the  acid dye instructions helpful. The following dye recipes are for dyeing wool, silk, fur, feathers, soya bean fibre, angora, […]

Paintings on Silk by Jenny Lacey

Jenny Lacey's silk paintings

These images were sent to us by Jenny Lacey. Her paintings are painted on Pongee silk fabric using Dupont steam fix dyes. In the top image, you can see how the purple dye colour has been faded out on the petals of the iris by the application of water to wet dye. The gutta outliner […]

Heat Molded Dyed Polyester, Kojiro Tanaka

Student Kojiro Tanaka visited us to find out the best method for colouring his molded polyester works. We suggested he use the heat transfer paints which contain direct dyes and here is a sample of what he has achieved. Thank you Kojiro for sending this in. Disperse Dyes The Fibrecrafts Disperse dyes have been formulated […]

Roz Plant, Batik Artist

Roz Plant (pictured right) emailed us these examples of her quirky batik work. Herself and husband Phil, who is a painter and potter, opened their workshop to the public in May 2008 and more of their work can be viewed online Roz has been a batik artist for over 26 years has been ordering from […]

Colourful Silk Scarf by Susan Litton

This colourful, tactile scarf has been crafted by Susan Litton. She first spun a small amount of each of the Fibrecrafts silk fibres and then microwave dyed the yarn samples with Acid dye. She knitted the yarn into a long, narrow scarf. Then attached tassels across both ends and at intervals along each side for […]

Mordants for Natural Dyeing

Mordants for natural dyeing

A mordant is required if the colour from natural dyes is to remain wash fast. Materials can be pre-soaked in a mordant and left damp prior to dyeing. The mordants can also be added to the dye bath while the dye is being simmered. Mordanting materials before and after dyeing with natural dyes will add […]

Discharge Paste Recipe

Dye Discharge Paste Recipe

Formosul or Formasol is the active component of Discharge Paste. Discharge Paste is used for removing areas of colour from dyed natural fabrics such as cotton, silk and viscose. Please note that some Procion MX fibre reactive dyes do not discharge and some give a simple colour change. It is therefore wise to test fabrics […]

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