I get asked a lot about how I dye my fabrics and silks. I do these one of two ways; a space dyed or variegated finish and a low water immersion technique.
The low water immersion technique is fast, easy and very effective. I soak my fabric in the “mordant” or the reacting agent and wring it out. I then place the fabric or fibre in a large container, slightly larger than the total amount of the fibre being dyed. I then randomly pour the first colour over the fibre and mix it in.
I then add the second and third colour. I usually put three colours in all my hand dyes. Sometimes they are blended such as three blues, sometimes they are contrasting, like this example.
Then I massage the colours together, blending them and ensuring that the colour is all the way through the fabric and fibre.
Tomorrow I will load a picture of the finished and dry silk batt.