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Dyeing Yarns with Procion Fiber Reactive Dyes

Preparing the Fibers

1. Before they can be dyed, I wind the yarns into uniform lengths and tie them in 6 - 8 places to prevent tangling. The yarns are then soaked in a soda ash solution and are ready to dye.

Dyeing the Fibers

Dyeing the "Rainbow" color way. I apply the dyes using squeeze bottles. I then massage the dye into the yarns by hand. Massaging the yarns helps to insure even absorption of color. The yarns are then wrapped in plastic and put in a warm place to cure over night.

Rinsing the Fibers

After curing for 24 hours to let the dye set, the yarns are washed with synthropol, then rinsed until the water runs clear.

Still Rinsing Fibers

It may take 10 - 15 rinses!

Drying the Fibers

The yarns are hung out to dry. They create a beautiful riot of color.

The Final Product

The dry yarns from the "Rainbow" color way. They are now ready for use in my art, or to be measured, wound and carded for sale.        

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Last Updated: January 18, 2012