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Re: [Rabbits] Tie Dyeing (was Hippie Day at my High School)

  • FromMolly Glenn <svengala_silvereye@xxxxxxxxx>
  • DateWed, 28 Sep 2005 06:55:10 -0700 (PDT)
I also recommend Dharma Trading.

A few other thoughts:

Another reason why Rit won't stay for tie-dyeing is
that it needs to be hot to react and set well. 
Tie-dyeing needs to be done cold, so Procion dyes,
made for cold water, are ideal.  They do need to be
fixed with soda-ash, as previously mentioined, and the
easiest way to do that is to pre-soak the garmets in a
solution.  You don't want to let them dry out in
between, so that the chemical reaction can take place.

One thing that no one has mentioned yet:  if you are
mixing the dyes from powder yourself, it's best to mix
the powder with a tablespoon or so of water first,
make a paste, and then add the rest of the water. 
This will avoid clumping problems.

Whether or not you use Dharma Trading dyes, they have
good instructions on their website.


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