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Dyeing the fabric

Modern technology† enables you to dye in the comfort of your own home, at various temperature options, as well as with the use of modern appliances, such as your washing machine or microwave oven. Three main methods are available to you:

  1. Manual, or hand-dyeing, is extensively practiced by crafters, and typically done in the home by housewives and mothers on small articles such as t-shirts. Tie-dyeing - a dyeing technique used to achieve interesting effects - is generally done by hand. Instructions for hand dyeing follow:
  2. Washing machine dyeing is suited for use on large articles, such as curtains or duvet covers. It is also useful when wanting to dye many articles an identical shade. Before you decide to use your washing machine to dye, make sure to have a look at our... If you then decide that this is your chosen method, you can find instructions for washing machine dyeing following:
  3. Micro-dyeing, or the dyeing of small articles, is suited to dyeing in a microwave oven. It is a fairly quick method, and limits the amount of mess sometimes associated with dyeing. The microwave is also a great tool for tie dyeing. Microwave dyeing is only suitable for cold water dyeing - instructions follow:

† Traditionally, however, dyeing has been done primarily by hand - although sometimes even by foot, with fabrics being stamped in baths of indigo!

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