The Dyeing Process

This page details the dyeing process I use for my items.

The dyes I use are Procion mix dyes which are dissolved in water and urea, and are non toxic when mixed and applied correctly.

First I wash the clothes, to rinse any finish off them, and then soak them in a soda ash solution which helps the dye to fix to the fabric.

Once soaked, they are wrung out and tied into my chosen pattern.  Dye is then applied and left to batch overnight so the colours are as bright and intense as possible, and then rinsed out in cold water until all the loose dye is removed.

They are then soaked and agitated in warm water, followed by a long warm wash in the machine to make sure that no unreacted dye is left, making everything perfectly safe to be worn, or even chewed (I have two small people to prove this)!