Category Archives: Dyes & Dyeing

Solar Fast Dyes – catching some rays

Jacquard Solarfast for printing with the sun

Need something fun to do in the sun? Make the most of the bright sunshine to create detailed prints without a camera! Jacquard Solar Fast dyes are used to create photograms, continuous tone photographs, shadow prints, and ombre on fabric and paper. They develop their colour and become permanent upon exposure to UV light, most […]

Double Dyeing Devore Fabric

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Double dyeing devore fabric involves using two distinct and different colours in one dye bath, and a fabric made from two different fibre types which take up the two dyes independently. The image below shows how the silk net on the devore cushion cover has taken the silk/wool colour (H Dupont Classique dyes) while the […]

Disperse Dyes for Dyeing and Printing

Print on polyester

Disperse dye can be used with various techniques and will readily colour synthetics such as polyester, nylon, cellulose acetate, vilene, viscose, synthetic velvets and PVC. They can also be used to colour plastic buttons and fastenings. Their effect is less potent on polyester, due to the molecular structure, allowing only pastel through to medium shades. […]

Wax-Out! for removing Batik Wax from fabrics

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What is Wax-Out! Wax-Out! offers an alternative solution to removing wax from finished Batik items. It is a mix of products which, individually, are already in commercial use in the textile industry for removing oils and waxes from fibres, yarn and fabrics. These contaminants arise both as from the original raw materials, wax in cotton […]

Silk Painting with Acid Dyes

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Acid dyes produce bright, intense colours and are ideal for silk painting. The simplest method is to use pre-mixed liquid silk colours such as Dupont Steam Fix Dyes or Jacquard Silk Colours, as silk painters can rely on the consistency of colour results. The most cost effective however, and with more opportunities to develop your […]

Screen Printing on Fabric with Dyes

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There are a range of printing inks which have been developed specifically for printing on silk screens, including the Selectasine Screen Printing System. It is also possible to use commercial dyes combined with a thickener, making the consistency similar to syrup. Silk Screen printing with Fibre Reactive Procion MX dyes Fibre Reactive Procion MX dyes […]

Shibori & Tie Dyeing Fabrics

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Shibori, the ancient Japanese technique of fabric folding and dyeing has been brought right up to date. Traditionally indigo was used to create patterning. However, using modern dyes, discharge agents and fabrics you can easily develop complex patterns. Tying and clamping, dyeing and discharging, re-dyeing and heat setting the fabric creates a new and visually […]

Patterning Fabric with Rust

Rust dyeing

There are a number of ways to create rust patterns on cotton and silk fabric and here is a simple controlled method. Natural fibres take the rust colours better than synthetic fibres and fabrics should be free from oils or starches. Prepare your fabric by rinsing in a solution of synthrapol and water (half a […]

Using Procion MX Dyes on Wool

Undyed Merino Wool

Although Acid dyes are usually recommended for protein fibres, you can also use Procion MX fibre reactive dyes (here is the fibre reactive dye recipe for cellulose fibres). Even old dyes continue to work well on wool. Some of the colours will dye more true to type than others. In particular some blues produce unexpected […]

Procion MX Fibre Reactive Dyes

Instructions for Procion MX dyes

Procion MX Dyes, which are also known as Fibre Reactive dyes, can be used to dye vegetable fibres such as cotton, linen, and sisal. They can also be used to dye silk using a simple cold water process and wool using hot water and vinegar, although protein fibres are coloured better with the Acid dyes. […]

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