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How to Make Dye for Fabric Dyeing | National Quilter's Circle



so I'm gonna go ahead and mix up some dye for you so you can see the process I keep around towels and washcloths all the time to constantly clean up my area and I tend to change my gloves out two or three times a day while I'm dying you want gloves that are going to fit you well because if they are sloppy and floppy then they kind of get in your way the first thing I'm going to do is put urea in the bottom of my die pot and I'm gonna make a rather large bat bat of die here because we go through it so much and so I'm going to use three tablespoons of urea and the urea is what helps to make the fabric wetter so that it can really absorb that dye and then I'm going to simply put in about a cup of water now some dyers really keep very strict recipes on their die colors I've seen a lot of people do that and really get burned out as they're trying to follow through with that recipe all the time I keep no recipes even though I wholesale and retail my fabrics to people I refuse to keep a recipe so I know I'm not very exact when it comes to mixing things if you know you want to make the same exact blue over and over and over again you will want to be more careful when you're with your measuring I simply do approximants it's more fun that way and I don't get burned out so we're going to mix up this urea until the little balls start to dissolve once they've started to dissolve you can pour in your dye now again every time you're going to open up a container of dye you need to put on a mask so I'll put this mask on and I'm going to be putting in two tablespoons of dried eye powder you can get recipes for dye all over the place for different amounts and you'll get used to what you like to use up right away now as long as that dye powder is not mixed into the water I have to keep my masks on okay so now I'm going to go ahead and add four more cups of water and because I use these containers all the time I pretty much know where my four cups of water is and that's how simple the Diamond Singh process is now I tend to pour up my dyes into small cups and work from small cups and these are the cups that I add the soda water to or the soda chemical water to and then use up right away and then when I need more dye I'll refill the small cup add my soda water also and which starts the dye activating so I'm going to go ahead and pour up and I like to know what color my dyes are and because they look very similar inside the containers so I always keep paper towel around and I dip my paper towel in there so that I can see that dye color and then I just hang it off the edge and that way I know exactly what dye I'm getting now I'm going to mix up some soda water some chemical water with a soda ash and I'm only going to mix up a small amount here normally I would mix it up by the gallon the soda ash as it starts to break down in the water will start to get really hot so you don't want to stick your hands down in there once you know the soda ash has been dissolved you can go ahead and pour it into your die a lot of people think that it needs to have about an hour of resting and so you can you know make it up ahead of time if you want to I've done it both ways and I have not noticed a difference in the outcome of my fabric so I like to use a mixture of two parts dye – one part soda ash so what I'm doing right now is basically activating each of my dyes making them ready to use I make this up normally by the five gallon container and that just keep that in my dye studio the reason I do that is because some fabrics are resistant to die even after they've been scoured or pre washed and if you soak them in the soda ash mixture the chemical water it will help to open them up even more than their urea will and help that chemical reaction to start so I'm going to be using six different dyes today and one of the things that I do and when I teach dyeing I absolutely do this is I tend to work in analogous color ways so let me tell you what that means as we look here at these dyes and we bring out a color will you'll start to understand what I'm talking about any three colors that are next to each other on the color wheel are analogous that just means that they're next to each other and that they are alike and what I'm going to be playing with today is the green blue blue green blue blue violet violet and red violet the reason this is important is because if I use colors that are too different from each other they're far apart from each other on the color wheel and they touch each other when the dye is wet they're gonna do what's called making mud and I'm gonna have these gray brown areas now there's nothing wrong with grey Brown areas if that's what you're looking for but what if you're looking for really bright intense blues and yellows together you don't want mud you want just blues and yellows together

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