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How To Dye Rainbow Silk

Rainbow dyeing is a quick and fun method for dyeing silk, wool, mohair or other protein fiber using concentrated CIBA Acid-based powder dyes.

 

Difficulty Level:

Easy

Time Required:

30 minutes

Here’s How:

     

  1. Thoroughly wet the clean fibre or yarn to be dyed.
  2. Fill a large pot with water.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to the dyepot and stir.
  4. Add 2 – 4 oz. of fibre or yarn into the dyepot.
  5. Using the end of a chopstick, dip it into the dye powder and then place the dye into the edge of the dyepot.
  6. With another chopstick, dip it into another colour of dye powder and place the dye into the dyepot on the other side of the dyepot.
  7. If using 3 or more colours, repeat Step 7
  8. If dyeing more wool, place another layer of wool into the dyepot and repeat steps 5 – 8, changing the location of dye placement.
  9. Allow dyepot to simmer at least 20 minutes, or until all the dye has exhausted.
  10. If the dye is exhausted before you have sufficient colour, you can add more dye, by gently lifting the edge of the fibre and adding more dye.
  11. Turn off the heat and allow the dyepot to cool
  12. Remove the dyed fibre from the dyepot, squeeze out excess moisture and let dry.
  13. Happy Spinning!

Tips:

  • Use clean, scoured wool.
  • No stirring, or you will get felt!
  • Make sure there is sufficient water to completely cover the fibre. 
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