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*    * * Getting Started | Making the dye-bath | Dyeing the fabric *
Dye Bath
Dye Bath in suitably large container

Rinse
Rinse
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history of dyeing *


Cold Water Dyes - Microwave Dyeing Some stuff about microwave dyeing...

  • Microwave dyeing is only compatible for use with Cold Water Dyes.
  • Small volumes can be dyed easily in a microwave
    • Note - this makes microwave dyeing a particularly good method to use when tie-dyeing a small item, such as a t-shirt, as the weight is often quite small when tie-dyeing).
  • Microwave ovens can not have metal put inside them, so you will need to remove any metal clasps or other accessories incompatible with microwave oven use before dyeing anything in a microwave

Follow the normal preliminaries...

Dyeing the garment

  • Transfer the dye bath to a microwave compatible bowl.
  • Add the wet fabric, ensuring it is fully submerged.
  • Place the bowl into a large plastic bag, and seal it with a rubber band.
    • This is so that if the pressure builds up inside the bag during heating, the rubber band can stretch and release the excess pressure, like the valve on a pressure cooker.
  • Put the bowl inside the bag into the micro-wave oven
  • Set on high for three (3) minutes.
  • Leave to stand for a further three (3) minutes inside the microwave.
  • Allow to cool.
  • Remove from the microwave oven
  • Remove the bag
  • Move the fabric about to ensure an even distribution of the dye mixture (and thus shade)


  • Place the bowl back inside the bag
  • Return the bowl inside the bag into the microwave
  • Set on high for a further three (3) minutes.
  • Leave to stand for a further three (3) minutes inside the microwave.
  • Allow to cool.
  • Remove from the microwave oven
  • Remove the bag


  • Pour out surplus dye
  • Rinse until the water runs clear.
  • Wash with warm water and washing powder.
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