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I just bought some Procion dye from Dharma along with some shirts and pants for the new babe. I just want to dye each piece of clothing one color but I'm so confused as to what I really need and how to do it. Can someone please help with me easy instructions on how to do this, I don't even know where to start. Thanks!<br><br>
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You can follow <a href="http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/2352816-AA.shtml?lnav=techniques_tubdye.html" target="_blank">Dharma's instructions for tub dyeing</a> adjusting for smaller dyebaths. Your t-shirts will come out great!
 

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BEsides doing tub/vat dyeing as Kari_mom suggests you can also do Low Water Immersion. Its good for single color dyeing and you also use less dye and water. The foolowing directions are one's that Ihave written up for the ease of passing on the info to others...Oh, just an addendum for the ease of solid shading. Instead of using a container that your item fits snuggly into use one a little larger so it will be easier for you to move the fabric around to get a even color saturation. Really, if your item will fit in a mason jar it is what I prefer b/c with the lid on tight its easy to shake it up toget the color saturation throughout the fabric.<br><br><br><i>Low Water Immersion Dyeing…<br>
Well, that pretty much describes it; you’re using a low water to fabric ratio to dye.<br><br>
But seriously, it is a process that leads to a varied amount of outcomes. It can be used with single colors or multiple colors. You can use it to get a mottled/variegated effect or solid shading.<br><br>
As with most dye processes, everybody has their own way to do things. So the following is my process, which has been gleaned from a variety of resources including <a href="http://www.pburch.net" target="_blank">PBurch.net</a> and <a href="http://www.prochemical.com" target="_blank">Prochemical.com</a>.<br><br>
You want to begin with a container that your item will fit nicely scrunched into. As for the item itself I prefer to dampen it before I cram it into the container, others prefer the effects of starting with dry fabric. Experiment to see what suits you.<br><br>
For single color dyeing, I use 1 tsp. of dye powder/cup of water. I usually mix my dye up in a mason jar, shaking it pretty good for a minute or two to get the dye well blended and dissolved in the water. When I am going to use 2 colors my measurements are ½ tsp dye to ½ cup water per color.<br><br>
You might be asking…”Well, how much fabric do you use per cup of dye solution?” Quite honestly(and some dyers may cringe at this) my primary criteria is whether or not my final dye bath, which includes the soda ash solution, will leave my fabric mostly submerged. I like to have the level of liquid be level or just above the level of the fabric in the container. Some dyers are more precise about the amount of dye based on the weight of fabric. If you would like to be more precise than I am Prochemical’s LWI instructions are a good place to start.<br><br>
When my dye(s) is mixed and my item is crammed to my liking in its container, I pour the dye solution over my fabric. I may or may not choose to manipulate (by hand, with a spoon or by shaking the container) my item to encourage the dye to migrate to certain areas. The more manipulation you do to your fabric during the process the more blended and less mottled/variegated your end dye results will be.<br><br>
If you are dyeing with more then one color, I suggest pouring on the lighter color first then the darker. Sometimes I mix it up; I’ll pour on half the light color then half the darker then the light color again, topping it off with the darker. Just one of my many quirks!<br><br>
After my dye has been poured on and my fabric has been manipulated or not to my satisfaction, I let this sit for about 20 minutes or until I remember! I then pour a solution of 1 ½ tsp soda ash to 1 cup water over my concoction of fabric and dye. Just to note I use 1 cup of this soda ash solution per cup of dye solution.<br><br>
I let all this sit to react for atleast 4 hours.<br></i><br><br>
Kathy
 
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