Tag Archives: Acid Dyes

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dyeing to have a go… or worried about safety?

Dyeing Rubber Gloves

If you’ve never used dyes before, you may be concerned about their safety, especially when using them for large projects or in the classroom. The two most popular synthetic dyes include Acid dyes and Procion MX dyes. When correctly used, create a permanent bond with the fabric with excellent wash fastness. Acid dyes have been […]

Hand-dyed Bluefaced Leicester Roving Yarn

The new range of British Wool yarns are proving very popular with our customers – and our staff. Sales Manager at George Weil, Jo, couldn’t resist taking home two hanks of the Bluefaced Leicester Roving Yarn to dye and then knit up. Jo, like many of us, “can’t do with all that faffing about” and decided […]

Lowering the pH for Acid Dyes

Citric Acid is a weak organic acid used as an acidifier in dyeing. It will alter the pH level of the dye bath and is an odourless alternative to white vinegar when immersion dyeing protein fibres such as silk and wool with Acid Dyes. If you are painting or printing with Acid dyes, or using […]

The Pocket Color Wheel – a guide to mixing colour

The Pocket Color Wheel (yes color – it is made in the U.S.A.) is an essential tool for learning all about colour. The wheel consists of three cardboard discs which are joined in the centre. The middle wheel has the 12 main colours positioned equally around the edge while the discs either side have holes […]

Bluefaced Leicester Roving Knitted

Bluefaced Leicester Roving Dyed and Knitted

We thought you may like to see what Jo did with the super soft Bluefaced Leicester Roving yarn she hand dyed using H Dupont dyes. Jo decided to knit the yarn to make a snood. She knitted the wool into a large square and then sewed up two of the opposite sides. The opening of […]

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, […]

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