Now that you have familiarised yourself with the information contained in the getting started section, you are ready to make up your dye bath. This is a two-stage process... first, you need to make up the dye solution, then you add additional water to make up the dye bath.
Making up the dye solution
- Boil one liter of water for every sachet of Lady Dye fabric dye that you will be using
(if you are not sure how many sachets you require, please see the section on weighing the fabric to work out how much dye is required).
- Dissolve the dye powder in the water you have just boiled
(Dyes dissolve best when first mixed into a paste with a little of the water, before adding the remainder)
- Strain the solution through a cloth into another container large enough to contain your article to be dyed AND the dye bath solution
(please note - the straining cloth will be dyed by the dye solution, so be sure not to use anything you hold dear; that said, the dye solution must be kept as pure as possible, so make sure your straining cloth is as clean and dirt free as possible).
- This is your DYE SOLUTION.
Making up the dye bath
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- Boil another liter of water for every sachet of Lady Dye fabric dye used - this you will use to make a salt solution, which you will add to the dye solution (Salt helps to distribute the dye evenly and enhances colour fixing).
- Make up the required salt solution (make sure that the salt dissolves completely!)
- For hot water dyes, dissolve two (2) tablespoons of salt per sachet (20g) of Lady Dye fabric dye in the boiling water. (Note - for dark shades - black, navy blue, bottle green, etc - you should double the amount of salt).
- For cold water dyes, dissolve four (4) tablespoons of salt per sachet (20g) of Lady Dye fabric dye in the boiling water.
- Add your newly-made salt solution to the dye solution
- Add enough cold water to cover the article to be dyed, up to a maximum of three (3) liters of water per sachet of Lady Dye fabric dye to the dye solution.
- This is your DYE BATH - you are now ready to start dyeing your fabric!