The recipe is for dyeing white or pale coloured protein fibres such as wool, silk, cashmere and soy bean. Our photo (top right) shows a random dyed silk yarn on a hand spindle. Susan Litton first dyed the silk fibres using the method below before spinning the fibre into the variegated yarn.
You will need at least 2 colours of Acid Dye and white (distilled) vinegar.
- Mix 2 teaspoons of vinegar to 1 litre of tap water and soak your material thoroughly.
- Line a microwave dish with sufficient cling film to be able to close over the top.
- Squeeze out and spread the material randomly across the dish.
- Lightly sprinkle the acid dye powder onto the surface of the material. The more powder you add, the denser the result of the colour. Add a second and a third colour if desired.
- Dampen with a small amount of hot water and work the Acid dye powder into the fibres.
- Fold the cling film over the dish, ensuring it is airtight, and place in the microwave
- Heat on high until the parcel 'inflates' and then reduce the heat to 'defrost'.
- Cook until the parcel begins to billow up again, turn off and leave to cool.
- Take care when you take the parcel out of the microwave as hot steam may still be trapped in the cling film.
- Rinse the material in warm water until the water runs clear, and hang out to dry.
|Vibrantly coloured space dyed Silk Tops|